When Army Spc. Adam Putt, an Iraq war veteran, arrived at his new home for the first time, he was escorted by an honor guard, veterans group and friends and family waving American flags and cheering.
The home, outside Oklahoma City, was specially built for him and his family by Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit that builds and donates homes to injured veterans. On June 22, Putt and his family attended a special “key ceremony” where they officially received the keys to their new home.
“It’s really overwhelming,” said Putt, who lost both his legs as a result of an explosion while he was deployed and now uses prosthetics and a wheelchair to get around. “The fact that I can be capable here in this house gives me a great sense of relief.”
In 2018, Boeing Charitable Trust made a $3 million contribution to Homes For Our Troops to support build projects throughout the country over a three-year investment period.
“I’m proud that we can be part of this special event honoring the Putt family,” said Nancy Anderson, vice president of Aircraft Modernization and Modification whose husband is also a veteran. “I’m so honored to be here to thank Adam, his wife Tiffany and their family for their service to our country and to congratulate them as they start the next chapter of their lives.”
Watch the video above to see the key ceremony and learn more about the specially adapted homes Homes For Our Troops builds.
A second key ceremony was held in Tenino, Washington on July 20 for Army Sgt. Jereme Sawyer. Boeing Veterans Engagement Team (BVET) members and Boeing leaders helped welcome Sawyer into his new home. Sawyer was injured by an improvised explosive device during his second deployment to Afghanistan and lost both his legs. Like Putt’s home, Sawyer’s home has hardwood floors, roll-under counter tops, a roll-in shower and pull-down cabinets.
Sawyer’s home is the sixth home completed in Washington; Homes For Our Troops has completed 281 homes in 42 states nationwide.
In 2018, Boeing and its employees contributed more than $30 million to military and veteran organizations; more than $230,000 of that was spent in Oklahoma and $2 million in Washington. These investments are part of Boeing’s overall giving strategy that focuses not only on helping veterans find jobs but also focuses on recovery and rehabilitation programs addressing veteran suicide, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress. Through partnerships, these efforts save lives by reaching and healing those with visible and invisible wounds.