Tunnel to Towers Delivers 30 Mortgage-Free Homes
to Families of America’s Fallen Heroes in Observance of Memorial Day

Tunnel to Towers honors the service and sacrifice of our military service members this Memorial Day

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation is honoring 30 of America’s fallen heroes by delivering mortgage-free forever homes to the families that they left behind in observance of Memorial Day. The Foundation is providing 21 Gold Star families and nine Fallen First Responder families with prior military service with a mortgage-free home or is paying off the mortgage on the existing home.

“To all of the families who understand the true meaning of Memorial Day, I thank you for your service and sacrifice. We know that no service member serves alone and when they serve the whole family serves. It is our honor to support these families who have sacrificed so much so we can enjoy all the freedoms America has to offer,” said Frank Siller Chairman and CEO of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

The 30 families are located in 17 states across America.

  1. US Navy Petty Officer First Class Robert Vetter – Oceanside, CA
  2. US Marine Corps Sergeant Miguel Ortiz – Vista, CA
  3. US Marine Corps Corporal Robby Reyes – Rancho Cucamonga, CA
  4. Border Patrol Agent Alejandro Flores-Bañuelos – Indio, CA
  5. US Army Private First Class Brian Bates Jr – Hammond, LA
  6. US National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Andre’ Chenevert – Greenwell Springs, LA
  7. US Marine Corps Sergeant Germany Silvestre- Hampstead, NC
  8. US Marine Corps Captain Steven Torbert – Jacksonville, NC
  9. US Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael Harris Clarksville, TN
  10. US Army Sergeant John Paul Castro – Clarksville, TN
  11. Dickson County Sheriff Sgt Daniel Baker – Columbia, TN
  12. US Marine Corps Sergeant Jay Hoskins – Powderly, TX
  13. Carrollton Police Officer Steven Nothem II – Carrollton, TX
  14. Double Oak Police Officer John Mestas – Double Oak TX
  15. US Army First Lieutenant Jonathan Rozier – Katy, TX
  16. US Army Private First Class Christopher McCloud – Killean, TX
  17. Fountain Police Officer Julian Becerra – Fountain, CO
  18. US Army Staff Sergeant Micah Walker – Founatin, CO
  19. US Army Sergeant Jameel Freeman Sr.  – Odenton, MD
  20. Deputy First Class Kenneth Olander – Frederick, MD
  21. Hernando CO. Deputy Sheriff John Mecklenburg – Brooksville, FL
  22. US Army Sergeant Major Samuel Baidoos – New Windsor, NY
  23. US Marine Corps Lance Corporal Rylee James McCollum – Pelzer, SC
  24. US Marine Corps Lance Corporal Ronald Freeman – Warner Robins, GA
  25. US Army Specialist Simone Robinson – Oak Forest, IL
  26. US Army Staff Sergeant – Christopher Moudry – Port Allegany, PA
  27. US Army Sergeant Dash Cheatham- Cottonwood, AZ
  28. US Airforce Tech Sergeant Wesley Kubie – Tecumseh, KS
  29. Washington Township Firefighter Charles Swank – Dublin, OH
  30. US Army Staff Sergeant Stephen Sutherland – North Pole, AK

Just outside of Chicago in Oak Forest, IL Tunnel to Towers welcomes home the family of fallen United States Army Sergeant Simone Asia Robinson into their forever home. Sgt. Robinson was five months into her deployment when she was fatally injured on January 17, 2009 after an IED detonated near her security post in Kabul, Afghanistan. She died six weeks later on March 1 from the injuries she sustained in the blast at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. The 21-year-old soldier left behind her mother, Regina Byther, and her daughter, Nyzia Wilson, who was just two years old when her mother died.

On April 11, 2012, United State Marine Corps Corporal Robby Reyes was killed in a helicopter crash while serving as crew chief on the aircraft while on deployment in Morocco.

Cpl. Reyes enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2007 and graduated from flight school in 2009. He was killed just 2 weeks into what was supposed to be an 11-month deployment. Reyes left behind his wife, Candice, and their daughter Ava.

Having a mortgage-free home provides the comfort and security of knowing this will be the permanent home my daughter will grow up in. She will graduate from the same high school her parents graduated from. When she leaves for college this home will always be here for her to come home to,” said Candice Reyes. Tunnel to Towers welcomes them t their mortgage-free home in in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

The Tunnel to Towers In the Line of Duty Program which provides mortgage-free homes to Gold Star families and Fallen First Responder families with young children.

Join us on our mission to provide mortgage-free homes to the families America’s heroes leave behind by donating $11 per month. Visit T2T.org to donate.

About the Tunnel to Towers Foundation

Born from the tragedy of 9/11, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation carries out its mission to “do good,” by providing mortgage-free homes to Gold Star and fallen first responder families with young children and by building specially-adapted smart homes for catastrophically injured veterans and first responders. Tunnel to Towers is also committed to eradicating veteran homelessness and helping America to Never Forget September 11, 2001. Visit T2T.org to learn more.

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Trevor Tamsen