Army Veteran Given Mortgage-Free Broken Arrow Home

Tuesday, August 11th 2015, 1:02 pm
By: News On 6

An Oklahoma man who's devoted his life to serving others now gets something in return. Army veteran Tyler Mobra of Catoosa was given the keys to a mortgage-free home Tuesday morning.

He's a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan and now Mobra and his family finally have a place to call their own. Thanks to a donation from Chase Bank, partnering with a group called Operation Homefront, the Mobra family will begin moving into the newly renovated three-bedroom, two-bath Broken Arrow home.

That means the Mobra's two girls will have their own bedroom. The family could barely hold their excitement.

"It's life-changing. Like I said, to experience it with my husband, just excited, so excited," Tyler's wife Mindy said.

The home also comes with brand-new appliances, carpet and paint. By being mortgage free, the Mobras will save tens of thousands of dollars in expenses.

Operation Homefront is designed to give military families and veterans, like Tyler, a place to call their own after spending months and years away on deployment.

Tyler earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service in the Middle East, and as a show of thanks, the program gave the house to the Mobras, mortgage-free, complete with new tile, carpet and appliances.

Tabitha Garibaldi with Operation Homefront said, “It's a huge thing for the family, you know, psychologically and financially, to be able to settle down in a place permanently."

Walking around their new house Tuesday, the entire family was in disbelief. Operation Homefront will also help the family with any issues they might run into with this house, including financial counseling.

"It's amazing. It's life-changing," the Mobras said.

Operation Homefront created the Homes on the Homefront program with the assistance of corporate partners to award mortgage-free homes to our nation's veterans and military families.

The homes are donated by bank partners including Chase and other major financial services companies.

The family applied for a house and was chosen by a committee at Operation Homefront who said the family has deep ties to the community.