A Home for the Holidays Indeed

Categories: Giving Back, New Homes Tampa | Posted: December 29, 2017

On December 2, 2017, William Ryan Homes Tampa together with Building Homes for Heroes, presented Master Sergeant George Vera, his wife, Angela, and their daughter, Isabella, with a brand new, mortgage-free home.

It was a beautiful day in Tampa as the color guard kicked off the “Welcome Home” event. American flags and people lined the streets of this charming gated community to welcome an American hero and his familyto their new home and neighborhood.

Boy Scouts, babies, flags and a motorcade all added to the festive mood and excitement. It takes many volunteers to bring together a new home. We thank each person and company that has helped to gift this true American hero with a mortgage-free home.


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This beautiful Jensen home has been fully customized for Vera’s needs. Among other modifications, the cabinets and closets have easy pull-down shelves, the double-door oven is accessible, as is their custom sparkling pool.

“This is the 4th time in 5 years that we have partnered with Building Homes for Heroes here in Tampa, Florida to gift a mortgage-free home to a wounded American hero. We are honored and humbled to be a part of this program.” said Jeff Thorson, President William Ryan Homes – Florida Division. We hope Master Sargent Vera, Angela and Isabella are enjoying their new ‘Home for the Holidays’.

Vera Welcome home Ceremony - Color Guard - William Ryan Homes Tampa

Hero Story

It was out of love for his country that Master Sergeant George Vera joined the Army in June of 1995 out of Nashville, Tennessee.

Vera was wounded when his base was surprised by enemy fire in August of 2015. He exposed himself to an improvised explosive device (IED) blast as he pulled wounded soldiers away from enemy fire. He was shot during his efforts to secure the perimeter. Sergeant Vera suffered a spinal cord injury that resulted in paralysis. He is now confined to a wheelchair. He also suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and a loss of his vital organs, including a kidney, and part of his liver and intestines.

For his service to his country, Master Sergeant Vera has been awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal (4x), Meritorious Service Medal (2x), Army Commendation Medal (3x), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (7x), Army Good Conduct Medal (6x), the Ranger tab, Special Forces tab, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge and the Air Assault Badge.

Building Homes for Heroes

Building Homes for Heroes® is a national non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2006.

Building Homes for Heroes® is strongly committed to rebuilding lives and supporting the brave men and women who were injured while serving the country during the time of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. The organization builds or modifies homes, and gifts them, mortgage-free, to veterans and their families. It’s our honor to support the men and women who have loyally and courageously served our country.

To learn more about this organization, visit

Donna Laird

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