COVID-19 restrictions have changed our lives, but they will not stop the mission of Military Warriors Support Foundation as we continue to find ways to serve the heroes who have served for us. For the 10th straight year, we have partnered with the Colonial for this year’s PGA TOUR Charles Schwab Challenge. We are humbled to have been able to honor two Purple Heart recipients during this year’s event. The Purple Heart is an ‘award’ given to U.S. Armed Forces members who are wounded in combat by enemy fire or actions.
Please join us as we honor Retired U.S. Marine Corps Major Samuel Rosales and Retired U.S. Army Captain Vincent Gioielli. Both heroes are Mustangs, military slang for an officer who joined by being enlisted and later earned a commission and became an officer. These heroes were virtually presented their mortgage-free homes through a generous sponsorship by Hillwood, Higginbotham and Vermeer Texas Louisiana. Their sponsorship allows Military Warriors Support Foundation to provide, to the heroes, 3-years of family and financial mentorship as they live in their mortgage-free homes, donated by Wells Fargo. Special thank you to Birdies for the Brave for all they do in supporting our mission!
Retired U.S. Marine Corps Major Samuel Rosales joined the Marine Corps in 1990 to challenge himself and to serve his country. He served for 26 faithful years, with multiple deployments both to Afghanistan and Iraq. He joined the Marines right out of high school and served as an enlisted Marine until he was selected to attend the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training and then Marine Enlisted Commissioning Program. He attended the University of Oklahoma, receiving degrees in Criminology and Spanish, and received his commission as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.
In Iraq, Samuel Rosales, received the Purple Heart for being wounded in combat during Operation Phantom Fury, commonly known as the Second Battle of Fallujah. In this same operation, he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat ‘V’ device for his heroic and valorous actions during an intense combat situation. Despite being injured, Samuel Rosales continued his military career in multiple deployments where he served as a MAGTF (Marine Air-Ground Task Force) Intelligence Officer and worked as a liaison officer between Spanish and Latin American Coalition Forces supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
On June 11, 2020, Samuel Rosales and his family moved into their mortgage-free home located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. His plans for the future are to take full advantage of the family and financial mentorship program by working to get completely out of debt, rebuild his life and work with other veterans, similar to him, to move forward with their life. Major Rosales, even in retirement, is leading from the front!
Retired U.S. Army Captain Vincent Gioielli is a Virginia native and joined the U.S. Army right out of high school as he wanted to be a part of something bigger than himself. He served for over 10 years with deployments to both Iraq as an enlisted and Afghanistan has an officer. During his enlistment, he took a scholarship for ROTC at Old Dominion University and graduated as a commissioned officer of the United States Army.
His duty assignment in the U.S. Army was a Civil Affairs Team Leader where he coordinated and planned Civil Military Operations in support of combat units while on combat missions as a liaison between military, civil leaders and non-governmental organizations. While supporting such a mission to a local village, Vincent Gioielli’s unit was attacked, and he was wounded in combat by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) and received the Purple Heart.
On April 13, 2020, Vincent Gioielli moved into his mortgage-free home located in Manassas, Virginia. He enjoys studying science, philosophy, exercising, rebuilding vehicles and motorcycles, and overland travel. Before he received the home (and COVID-19 restrictions), his main objective was to redesign and rebuild his motorcycle (Suzuki DR 650) and ship it to Spain to travel around the world on a documented healing journey in summer 2020. He still plans do go on a journey of healing, when it is safe, but the house has given him a place to call home. He is taking a holistic approach to his life and continues to improve every facet. He seeks to improve his physical and mental state, improve his finances, and continue to work on being the best version of himself.
The lives of these heroes will forever be improved as a result of receiving a mortgage-free home and the priceless family and financial mentorship will raise them up as leaders within their communities. Military Warriors Support Foundation is proud to have served thousands of combat-wounded heroes, Gold Star Spouses, and their families. MWSF has awarded nearly 900 mortgage-free homes in all 50 states and nearly 70 payment-free vehicles, not only changing the lives of the heroes and Gold Stars that receive them, but the generations that follow.
To learn more about this virtual event honoring our nations heroes, please visit the tournament website at: https://www.charlesschwabchallenge.com/charity/military-home-donations