Postcreatives has the privilege to have completed our proudest accomplishment yet. Working with PulteGroup along with their partners, Operation FINALLY HOME, Postcreatives has recently completed our work with the Built to Honor program. Over the course of a year, Postcreatives followed the story of Staff Sergeant Mario Murray, a retired United States Army Veteran, and his family as they were chosen to receive a mortgage free home courtesy of PulteGroup’s Built to Honor program.
The Built to Honor program was started in 2013 with a simple goal: give disabled veterans and wounded warriors a place to live—mortgage free. After partnering with Operation FINALLY HOME, a nonprofit national organization dedicated to aiding wounded warriors when they return home from war, Built to Honor has become a huge success in more ways than one since it started. The program has helped over 30 veterans and their families to have a new start in brand new homes. PulteGroup decided that they wanted to capture the incredible story of one of their veterans. So Pulte asked Postcreatives, their exclusive video production company for the Northeast Corridor, to help tell this amazing story.
Staff Sergeant Mario Murray joined the United States Army in 2005 after the death of his youngest brother, who was a Marine. During his service Staff Sergeant Murray served a tour in Afghanistan in 2011. During his tour, Murray lost 117 of his fellow veterans, whom Murray refers to as his ‘brothers and sisters.’ On one fateful day, Murray’s base was attacked; he received numerous physical injuries and suffers from PTSD. After a long recovery, Murray retired from the Army in March 2014. He received numerous awards for his service, including an Afghan Campaign medal, three Army Commendation medals, and a NATO medal. Staff Sergeant Murray and his family were chosen over other candidates to receive their mortgage free home through Built to Honor.
On a day that they thought was supposed to be a round of interviews, the Murrays were surprised to learn that they had already been chosen for the program and were there to break ground on their brand new home. As the entire community came out to support them, the Murrays were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and the amazing opportunity they had just received. Through the course of the next few months, Built to Honor, with the help of the community, Operation FINALLY HOME, and Postcreatives, completed the construction on the home. Finally, the Murrays were able to move into their new home on April 21, 2015.
Although they had seen the progress of the home over the months it was being built, nothing was more meaningful to the Murrays than the messages of support the community had written on the frame of the home. Although the messages were covered by sheetrock when the home was complete, they make up the core and soul of what the home was built on; love. Now the Murrays have a brand new mortgage free home built just for them. Their gratitude to Built to Honor can only be matched by the gratitude that PulteGroup and Postcreatives have to Staff Sergeant Murray and those like him who sacrifice so much in the name of our country.
In honor of all the veterans and soldiers who fight for our country every day, Postcreatives would like to thank you for your service; we are honored to have been a part of such an amazing program and hope to be a part of many more to come. Congratulations to Staff Sergeant Mario Murray and his family and thank you to our partners at Pulte Group for helping us to shine brighter on this special occasion.