March 20, 2019

Luján Attends Presentation of Mortgage-Free Home to Wounded Army Veteran

Rio Rancho, N.M. – Today, Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, spoke during the presentation of a newly-renovated, mortgage-free home to an injured veteran, Army Spc. Jason Thompson. He was joined by Erin Dominguez, U.S. Bank District Manager; Len McMorrow, Senior Vice President REO & Special Asset Servicing at U.S. Bank; Chiquita Martin, Assistant Vice President Customer Analytics (U.S. Army Veteran) at U.S. Bank; and Tom Kilgannon, President of Freedom Alliance. The home – the second of its kind in New Mexico – is part of a partnership between U.S. Bank and Freedom Alliance to give homes to servicemembers and their families.

Thompson enlisted in the U.S. Army in October 2009 and was stationed in Germany in 2010 before deploying to Afghanistan. During his service in Afghanistan, he experienced five separate mortar and rocket fire blasts, leaving him with a traumatic brain injury. Thompson received multiple awards for his service including a Combat Infantryman Badge and a Purple Heart and medically retired in June 2018. The home was donated jointly by U.S. Bank and Freedom Alliance, a charitable organization providing support to service members and military families.

“The United States owes a great debt to returning veterans, including Army Spc. Jason Thompson. I am incredibly proud to welcome him to the Rio Rancho community and thank him and his family for their service and sacrifice for our country,” said Luján, who attended the ceremony to greet the family firsthand. “Ensuring that veterans have access to stable and secure housing is a responsibility for our government, the Congress, and our communities and it was wonderful to take part in today’s ceremony. I want to thank U.S. Bank and Freedom Alliance for the commitment they’ve made to U.S. servicemembers and for bringing the Thompson family to New Mexico.”

“We are incredibly grateful for this home and all of those involved in the process,” said Thompson. “We thank God for everyone at both Freedom Alliance and at U.S. Bank – they are truly, truly caring people.”

“We’re so excited to be here with Jason and to welcome them to Rio Rancho, New Mexico,” McMorrow said. “We are proud and honored to continue to work with and support the entire Thompson family during this exciting time in their lives.”

“Jason raised his right hand and took an oath and he’s a hero and dealing with the consequences of his long-term wounds,” said Kilgannon. “When you’re wounded in combat, that takes a long time to heal and having a mortgage-free home will help relieve some of that stress, so that Jason can focus on his rehabilitation with his family.”

The home was donated by U.S. Bank’s Housing Opportunities after Military Engagement (H.O.M.E.) program, in conjunction with Freedom Alliance. This was the second home donated in New Mexico through this program, and the 13th home donated to service families overall.


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