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Feb. 28 Home Ceremony in Buckeye, Arizona!


Army Sergeant First Class Brian Livingston, his wife Erin and their four children were welcomed into their newly renovated, mortgage-free home in Buckeye, Arizona on February 28.

The home was gifted in partnership between Building Homes for Heroes and Chase Bank.

Surrounded by family, neighbors, and the contractors and vendors who worked on the home, the Livingstons walked into their new home with a mixture of joy and disbelief, their faces full of smiles and tears.

"It means everything to be able to stay in one spot ... to grow roots, to not have to worry so much about the kids with the toll of moving all the time on their hearts," Livingston said.

"This gives us the opportunity to grow up in one place, to really build those friendships," added Erin.

As the family traveled from room to room, the children excitedly picked which room would be their own.

Sergeant First Class Livingston served 14 years in the Army, and suffered many severe injuries while deployed in Iraq, where him and his unit were tasked with identifying IEDs. In one instance, when investigating an area where insurgents were possibly storing weapons, the Humvee that Sergeant First Class Livingston was riding in struck a landmine. The blast knocked him unconscious, and he awoke to the sound of insurgent machine gun fire.

The Feb. 28 ceremony was attended by several representatives from Chase, including Executive Director Chris Siegle, a retired Navy Captain; Market Manager Noreen Bishop; Private Banking Associate Benjamin Kelly, an Army veteran; and Maura Cordova, the Vice President of Media and Community Engagement.

For his service to his country, Sergeant First Class Livingston was awarded the Purple Heart.

It was the 14th home Building Homes for Heroes has gifted in Arizona, and the 102nd overall.