Four Purple Heart Recipients will be Awarded Mortgage-Free Homes During the 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial on May 23
FORT WORTH, TX – Since the early 1990’s, Tempur-Pedic has been changing the way people sleep with its revolutionary TEMPUR material mattresses; and during this week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, the company will also be changing where people sleep. In partnership with supporting sponsors Northrop Grumman, the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Humana and private donors, presenting sponsor Tempur-Pedic will be awarding mortgage-free homes to four Purple Heart recipients, through Military Warrior Support Foundation’s (MWSF) Homes4Heroes program. Bank of America also helped make the donation possible. MWSF is one of 11 official military homefront charities that are part of Birdies for the Brave, a national military outreach initiative proudly supported by the PGA TOUR.
The home presentation will take place during a special ceremony on Saturday, May 23, at 4 p.m. in the Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost Presented by Northrop Grumman military-exclusive hospitality chalet at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, TX. In addition to the homes, each of the wounded service members will receive a Tempur-Pedic mattress and accessories.
“These wounded veterans and their families have sacrificed so much for our country, and through their service they’ve allowed all of us to sleep safely at night,” said Patrice Varni, senior vice president of brand marketing for Tempur-Pedic, an official sponsor of the PGA TOUR and the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. “That’s why it’s an honor for us to support the program by providing each of these veterans with a TEMPUR-Flex mattress set for their new homes, so they can have the transformative, restful sleep they need and deserve.”
All four of the wounded veterans were awarded the Purple Heart as a result of injuries they sustained in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Former Army Sergeant Joe Jenkins will be awarded a home in Warren, OH, thanks to Tempur-Pedic. Jenkins was deployed to Iraq as the head radio person in his platoon as well as the squad driver when a mortar landed less than 10 feet in front of him. The blast sent shrapnel into his face, arms, right leg, stomach and chest. He was airlifted and medically evacuated back to the U.S. He also suffered from traumatic brain injuries and severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of the blast. He and his wife, Amy, have three children.
Former Marine Private First Class and Army Sergeant Joshua Henniger will be receiving a home in Mint Hill, NC. Henniger and his squad were struck by enemy mortar fire while serving in Iraq in 2005. He and other wounded service members were airlifted to Baghdad for surgery and then flown to Germany before being sent to Madigan Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he underwent additional surgeries to save his right leg from amputation. Henniger was finally able to walk again after three more months of surgery and extensive rehabilitation. He was then returned to full duty and discharged home.
Former Army Specialist Charles Stewart will be receiving a home in Waxhaw, NC. He was shot in the hand during combat operations in Fallujah, Iraq, when his squad was struck by enemy mortar fire while administering medical attention to wounded soldiers at a traffic control point. Six months later, while serving as a medic on a convoy from Al Asad Air Base to Forward Operating Base (FOB) Broomhead, his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast threw Stewart from the vehicle and rendered him unconscious with a broken jaw and broken nose. Stewart and his wife, Jennifer, have three children.
Former Army Sergeant Jason Rodriguez will be receiving a home in Gainesville, Fla. Rodriguez was on his second tour of duty in Iraq when he and his squad were struck by enemy mortar fire. He lost his best friend and battle buddy in the attack and suffered shrapnel to his left knee as well as traumatic brain injury, which still cause him severe migraines. He was later flown to Germany for further treatment on his knee before being medically evacuated to Texas, where he received treatment for PTSD before being honorably discharged. Rodriguez and his wife, Brittany, have two children.
In addition to Tempur-Pedic and supporting sponsors, a number of local sponsors helped make the home donations possible, including MorningStar; Thelin Recycling; American Airlines; Lockheed Martin; Wright Tax Co.; Rule Steel; Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl; Hull Homes; Coca-Cola; Waterchase Golf Club; Michelob Ultra; Ben E. Keith; Frito Lay; Bane Machinery Inc.; and Living Earth.
The home presentation is just one of several Birdies for the Brave military outreach activities that will be taking place during the 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. As part of its support for Birdies for the Brave, the tournament will provide complimentary admission for active duty and Reserve military members, military retirees, non-retired veterans, and their dependents, along with one discounted guest ticket per day, thanks to supporting sponsorship by Quicken Loans. Discounted guest tickets are $20 per ticket for each day of the tournament. Military guests must show a Department of Defense-issued military ID or photo ID along with a military ticket voucher at the gate. Military ticket vouchers can be downloaded by visiting www.birdiesforthebrave.sheerid.com/CrownePlaza2015/. While at the tournament on Saturday and Sunday, the Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost Presented by Northrop Grumman will provide military guests with complimentary food and beverages.
For more information, visit www.crowneplazainvitational.com or www.birdiesforthebrave.org.