Supporting Our Troops
Pulte Homes Supports our Troops
Below is just a sampling of some of the projects that Pulte Homes and its employees and trade partners have taken part in to benefit members of the US military:
Marine Lance Corporal Josh Bleill
Pulte’s Indiana division is building a specially adapted home in Carmel, Ind. for Marine Lance Corporal Josh Bleill. An Indiana native, Lance Corporal Bleill was conducting combat patrols in Fallujah, Iraq on October 15, 2006 when he was seriously wounded after his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. He lost both legs above the knee, sustained a broken jaw, crushed hip, shattered pelvis, a concussion, several broken fingers, and numerous lacerations.
After nearly two years recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC, Josh was able to return home to Indiana last year where he began to build a new life with the help of Pulte Homes and our local trade partners.
Josh and his fiancée will benefit from the open layout of the Huntcliffe floorplan at Pulte’s Enclave at Cherry Creek community. The home will suit Josh’s needs, whether in his wheelchair or on his prosthetic legs. Suppliers, vendors and trade partners have worked with the Pulte team to donate labor and materials during the construction and adaptation of Josh’s new home.
Army veteran Staff Sgt. Matthew Keil
In Colorado, volunteers from Pulte Homes and Pulte Mortgage united to help Homes for our Troops give a new start to injured Army veteran Staff Sgt. Matthew Keil and his wife Tracy. Matt was injured by sniper fire on his second tour of Iraq in February 2007 and is now paralyzed from the chest down. When the Keils returned home to Colorado following Matt’s hospital recovery, hundreds of local volunteers, including many Pulte employees, joined local contractors and suppliers to build a three-bedroom home in Parker, Colo. that will help Matt and Tracy to regain independence and simplify many tasks. The home’s electrical system can be voice-operated; a swipe card can unlock doors; and an electric lift is fitted into the master bedroom and bathroom ceilings to aid Matt in getting around. Pulte volunteers designed the home and served as the general contractor while others participated in “Build Brigades” to help bring the home to reality.
Army veteran Mariela Meylan
In 2009, Pulte’s Bay Area division is proud to be working with two outstanding organizations – Home Aid Northern California and Sentinels of Freedom – to provide injured Army veteran Mariela Meylan with a full ADA bedroom and bathroom remodel on her home in Livermore, Calif. Pulte Homes and Dryden Construction are co-captains on the project which also provide ramps for the home. Mariela spent months in a coma after she was struck by a civilian vehicle in Kuwait while changing a tire on her military vehicle in 2005.
Pulte’s Tucson team recently collected nearly 1,200 pounds of supplies including toiletries, entertainment and comfort items to benefit injured soldiers recovering at the U.S. Army’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Ramstein, Germany through the Air National Guard 161st Medical Group. Injured soldiers are sometimes evacuated so quickly from their posts that there is no time to gather personal belongings. Donations of sweatshirts, pajamas, movies and more through the Air National Guard’s program bring a sense of home and comfort to recovering soldiers.