Military Warriors give new Sidney home to wounded veteran
SIDNEY, Neb. — The nationwide program Military Warriors partnered with Wells Fargo to bring their third veteran home in Nebraska.
This year is the 15th anniversary of Military Warriors. The program has almost 900 homes in the nation, around 400 of those homes were through a partnership with Wells Fargo.
Bridgeport's Wells Fargo Branch Manager in Monica Barnette partnered with Grant Manager for Military Warriors Support Foundation Allison Peterson to bring a veteran and his family home to Sidney, NE.
Benjamin Carter, his wife Julie, and 17-year-old daughter Irelynd had their first look inside their new home on Tuesday, June 21st.
“This is crazy, it’s kind of hard to believe,” Carter said. “Super excited all at the same time, it’s a lot to take in.”
Carter said he joined the military in 1997 when he was stationed in Germany.
“I was in armor,” Carter said, “I was in tanks for almost 20 years.”
Carter said when he applied online he did not expect to be moving into a new home with his family.
According to Carter, the program Military Warriors was great to work with and everyone was very nice.
“I have a lot of family who served in the military so I take it very personally," Peterson said. "There’s nothing better than welcoming somebody home and giving them a gift back for their service and their dedication to their country.”
Barnette said Wells Fargo donates repossessed homes to Military Warriors, who do the renovations and help veterans get moved in.
“We really want the house to be a blessing,” Peterson said. “We look at their support structure in the area, the opportunity for employment, continuing education, whatever their reasoning is for wanting to move into the area, and then we really look to see who would be the best fit for the home.”
Peterson said Military Warriors always provide homes mortgage-free to the veterans and their families.
Carter said if he could give any struggling veteran advice, it would be that there are multiple avenues for resources.
“It’s going to take a while for people to get to the point of talking about what they have been through,” Carter said. “But there are people who care and want to hear what you have to say.”