Veteran Receives Keys to Mortgage-Free Home in Spring Hill

Sarah & Robert West, with their children, Dominic, 3 months, Damien, 6, stand outside their new home with Bill Goede, Tampa Bay president for Bank of America, and Jeff Bagwell, president and executive director of Keystone Challenge Fund.

Sarah & Robert West, with their children, Dominic, 3 months, Damien, 6, stand outside their new home with Bill Goede, Tampa Bay president for Bank of America, and Jeff Bagwell, president and executive director of Keystone Challenge Fund.

Robert West, a retired U.S. Army Sgt. who received a Purple Heart due to wounds suffered in Afghanistan was given the keys to a mortgage-free home in Spring Hill on Friday, August 21, 2015. Donated by Keystone Challenge Fund in partnership with Bank of America, the three bedroom, two bath home was completely renovated and equipped with new appliances in preparation for Sgt. West and his family. West served in the Missouri National Guard from 2003 to 2007, after which he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. Deployed to Afghanistan in 2008, West was injured when an improvised explosive device detonated, throwing him 150 feet from the turret of a troop vehicle. West sustained injuries to his right knee and left ankle, and suffered a traumatic brain injury. He returned to the United States to undergo medical treatment and after recovering from surgeries to repair knee and ankle injuries, West returned to Fort Hood, where he met his future wife, a fellow service member. West was medically retired from the Army in 2013. He and his wife, Sarah, have two young ?sons and are looking forward to the long-term stability their new home will bring as West continues to heal. Bank of America has donated more than 1,900 homes nationwide to military veteran-support charities and other nonprofit, community-based organizations. Keystone Challenge is a non-profit organization which works with financial institutions to support community revitalization and military veterans transitioning to civilian life. The HEROES Program offers reduced home prices and donated homes to program-eligible veterans, active servicemembers, first responders and educators. Nearly 4,000 families have become homeowners through affordable housing programs provided by Keystone. For more information, please call (863) 682-1025 or visit keystonechallenge.org.

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