Veteran receives mortgage-free home after years of service

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

ASH FLAT, AR (KAIT) - A veteran and his wife were given the keys to their new, mortgage-free home in Ash Flat Thursday morning.

"This seems, it still seems like a dream really," Army veteran Brad Dorman said. "It's like you won the lottery I guess."

Brad and his wife, Danielle, said they were filled with emotion when walking into the newly renovated house, excited and shocked to see it for the first time. They will be moving from Lavaca, Ark.

"We heard about the program back in August or September and put in for it," Brad said. "And it was just one of those, you never get picked for things like this. So being here now it's like things are finally falling together. It's exciting."

That program is called "Homes on the Homefront" through the national nonprofit organization Operation Homefront.

"We've donated over 600 homes to military families," Operation Homefront Housing Caseworker Candace Jules said. "JP Morgan Chase donates the homes to Operation Homefront and we post the homes on our website. Veterans are then able to apply for the homes."

It is a token of appreciation for Brad's several years of service in the Army. He first enlisted in 1987 and was medically retired in 2012.

"They tell us things about their connection to the community, if they have family in the area, if they've ever been stationed there, those are some of the things the committee considers when they select the home," Jules said.

The home is donated to the family, but Jules said it is not completely cost-free. The new homeowners must still pay taxes on it.

Operation Homefront is a two-year program that emphasizes savings and helps educate the families on how to be homeowners and succeed in the community.

"Our mission at Operation Homefront is to build strong, stable, secure military families so they can strive and not just struggle to get by in the communities they worked so hard to protect," Jules said. "We really get them in a position to go forward once they've graduated."

The Dormans, who will be living in the home with their disabled son, said they are ready to become part of the Sharp County community.

"You can go from community to community and whoever we meet and talk to is really connected and people are really nice," Brad said. "That's why we like it."

For more information about the program, click here. 

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