The Tunnel to Towers Foundation has paid off the mortgage for the family of U.S. Navy Seal Team 8 Commander Brian Bourgeois, who died in the line of duty on December 7th, 2021 at Norfolk Sentara General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia from injuries he sustained during training on December 4th, 2021 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Commander Bourgeois received his commission from the United States Naval Academy in May 2001 and humbly served the Navy and Naval Special Warfare community for over 20 years. He is survived by his wife Megan and their five children. 

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation created a fundraiser for donations to pay off the mortgage of Commander Bourgeois’ widow and their five children before Christmas. Their mortgage was paid in full as part of our third annual 2021 Season of Hope. It is our solemn vow to ensure that Commander Bourgeois’ family is taken care of so that they will never have to worry about losing their home. 

Tunnel to Towers Foundation Chairman and CEO Frank Siller said, “This is heartbreaking at any time of year – but even more so at the holidays. A family looking forward to Christmas and then struggling to deal with the loss of a husband and father. All of you came together to help us pay off their mortgage and lift that burden from this family, who can now stay in their forever home, because of your kindness and love.” 

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation Gold Star Family Home Program honors the legacy of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country by paying off the mortgage or providing the surviving spouses and young children with mortgage-free homes. In 2021, The Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s Season of Hope initiative will have paid off over 60 mortgages for the families with young children of our nation’s heroes, relieving these families of a grave financial burden following the tragic loss of their loved ones. Our Season of Hope gives these families the gift of remaining in the homes where they made precious memories with their fallen heroes.


Throughout the Season of Hope and all of 2021, the Foundation will have provided more than 200 mortgage-free homes to heroes and their families.