Meritage Homes Awarding Mortgage-Free Home to Dallas Army Specialist for Veterans Day

DALLAS, Nov. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Operation Homefront and Meritage Homes Corporation (NYSE:MTH) are joining forces to thank a Dallas-area veteran for his service by presenting his family with a brand-new energy-efficient home on November 9 in observance of Veterans Day.

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U.S. Army Specialist William Robbin will receive the keys to his new 2,038-square-foot home at a ceremony in Northlake, Texas. The three-bedroom home is complete with a two-car garage, private study, covered outdoor living area—and no mortgage. It also includes a wide array of money-saving features and appliances, as well as an advanced home automation package.

This is the first home that the Robbins will own as a family, and it will provide William, his wife, three children and service dog with a comfortable place to live for many years to come. They look forward to settling down near their relatives and strengthening ties to their community.

Born in Dallas, Texas, and raised in Sebastian, Florida, Robbin enlisted in the Army in 2007 and served as a cavalry scout. He patrolled the streets of Baghdad in 2008 and carried out multiple missions throughout his service in Iraq. Robbin was honorably discharged in 2012 after suffering from traumatic brain injury and daily seizures.

“It’s such a blessing and still feels like a dream every day,” he said. “Thank you, Operation Homefront and Meritage Homes, for everything you do for veterans.”

Since its inception in 2012, Operation Homefront has worked with homebuilders and lenders to place nearly 600 military veterans and their families in mortgage-free homes. This is the eleventh new home Meritage Homes has built and donated to veterans through the Homes on the Homefront program.

“We are thrilled to be partnered with Meritage and, for the eleventh time with this amazing homebuilder, be able to award a deserving military family a new mortgage-free home,” said Brig. Gen. (ret.) John I. Pray, Jr., president and CEO of Operation Homefront. “The entire Meritage team shares our unwavering commitment to supporting our military families and together, we are giving this very special group of our fellow Americans the opportunity to thrive, not simply struggle to get by, in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.”

“Giving the home to a Dallas-area veteran is a point of pride for Meritage Homes employees,” said Division President Stephanie MacLean. “Our continued partnership with Operation Homefront allows us to help military families in need and give them a safe place to call home. We want to thank the Robbin family for their sacrifice and are excited to hand them the keys to their brand-new home.”

About Meritage Homes Corporation
Meritage Homes is the eighth-largest public homebuilder in the United States, based on homes closed in 2016. Meritage Homes builds and sells single-family homes for first-time, move-up, luxury and active adult buyers across the Western, Southern and Southeastern United States. Meritage Homes builds in markets including Sacramento, San Francisco Bay area, southern coastal and Inland Empire markets in California; Houston, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Austin and San Antonio, Texas; Phoenix/Scottsdale, Green Valley and Tucson, Arizona; Denver, Colorado; Orlando, Tampa and south Florida; Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina; Greenville-Spartanburg and York County, South Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; and Atlanta, Georgia.

Meritage Homes has designed and built over 100,000 homes in its 32-year history, and has a reputation for its distinctive style, quality construction, and positive customer experience. Meritage Homes is the industry leader in energy-efficient homebuilding and has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence Award every year since 2013 for innovation and industry leadership in energy efficient homebuilding.

About Operation Homefront
Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive – not simply struggle to get by – in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 92 percent of Operation Homefront expenditures go directly to programs that support tens of thousands of military families each year. Operation Homefront provides critical financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing and family support services to prevent short-term needs from turning into chronic, long-term struggles. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the support from thousands of volunteers, Operation Homefront proudly serves America’s military families.

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Jason E. Moody
Housing Programs Communications Manager, Operation Homefront

Lauren Hendeles, Meritage Homes Corporation

Source: Meritage Homes Corporation