Vet given home in Pomona from nonprofit group

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By Karolyn Gephart

US Army Specialist Jeremy Visbal and his family have a new home in Manvel, thanks to Building Homes for Heroes. The national nonprofit builds and modifies home to gift mortgage-free to wounded veterans and their families.

Recently, a ceremony to honor Visbal and his family was held at Pomona in Manvel.

Visbal joined the military in 1997 to defend his country and provide for his family. During his service, multiple incidents, including a Humvee accident, exposure to explosions and other traumatic experiences in combat have left him with a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Tragically, three of Visbal’s four children suffer from a mixture of severe physical and mental health issues and rare disorders will likely take a lifetime of care, according to Building Homes for Heroes officials.

‘Without the burden of a mortgage, Specialist Visbal and his wife will now be able to devote their full attention on their family’s mental and physical health while he continues to recover from his injuries. Hopefully, this will lead to a lifetime of happiness to another injured veteran and their family,” Christie Christian of Building Homes for Heroes said.

Since 2006, Building Homes for Heroes has gifted and modified homes for nearly 200 families across the nation. This is the second home for a veteran in Manvel and the first time a home is being built in Pomona through the program.

For the Visbal family, Texas homebuilder Plantation Homes, a part of the McGuyer Homebuilders Inc. family of builders, will break ground on the brand-new home that is completely customized to their family’s needs on property that was donated to the organization from Pomona by Hillwood, part of the Perot Company.

Plantation Homes has been building homes in Texas for more than 30 years. For more information on the company, visit www.plantationhomes.com.

To learn more about Pomona, visit www.hillwoodcommunities.com.

To learn more about Building Homes for Heroes, visit www.buildinghomesforheroes.org.

Army Specialist Jeremy Visbal’s children helped with the groundbreaking for their new home to be built by Plantation Builders in Pomona in Manvel. The home is being given as a gift mortgage-free to the retired veteran and his family through the non-profit organization Building Homes for Heroes.

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