Purple Heart Recipient Surprised with New Home in Jordan Ranch
U.S. Army SPC Fernando DelPozo, Jr., and his family will be moving into the Jordan Ranch home of their dreams thanks to a partnership between Jordan Ranch developer Johnson Development, builder Highland Homes and Operation Finally Home which provides mortgage free homes for veterans.
The DelPozo family learned they would be the recipient of mortgage free homes for veterans in a surprise ceremony at the site of their new home in Jordan Ranch. Highland Homes will build the new home on land donated by Johnson Development.
Fernando, a Purple Heart recipient, joined the army in 2009. While serving in Afghanistan as a lead gunner, his convoy was attacked. He was in a vehicle that was directly above an IED when it detonated. The vehicle was flipped, and Fernando suffered significant injuries, forcing a medical evacuation. He was hospitalized for treatment and was temporarily paralyzed from the waist down.
The IED explosion left Fernando with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), chronic back pain that restricts movement and causes him to use a cane, arthritis throughout his body, combat-related PTSD and anxiety.
In addition to the Purple Heart, Fernando has been awarded an Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, an Army Achievement Medal, a National Defense Service Medal and a Global War on Terror Service Medal and Combat Action Badge.
Fernando met his wife, Adreena, while training in Tacoma, Wash., in 2011. The couple married in 2012 and moved to Texas following Fernando’s honorable discharge from the military. The couple has three children and currently lives in Hockley, Texas. Adreena is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nutrition while homeschooling the oldest two children.
Despite his limitations, Fernando is active with fellow veterans and enjoys hiking, fishing and cooking.
Operation Finally Home first selects a builder for each project and then moves on to choosing a veteran and location. Partnering with builders, developers, corporate sponsors, builder associations, individual contributors and volunteers, the organization is able to deliver custom-built, mortgage-free homes for veterans. In addition to Highland Homes, the builder’s trades and suppliers, and Johnson Development, others providing financial support for this project are the Houston Texans, USAA and the Greater Houston Builders Association.
We are proud that Jordan Ranch will be the DelPozo family’s new home and look forward to welcoming them to the neighborhood.