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Jul 9, 2012 1:51 PM

Mortgage-free home awarded to Tucson veteran and his family

TUCSON - Wells Fargo has dontated a mortgage-free home to the Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF), which was awarded to Retired Afghanistan war veteran, Jason McGowan.

McGowan recently received the keys to the 1,732 square foot, 3 bedroom, 2-bathroom home in Tucson where he will live with his wife and two children.

Wells Fargo and the Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF) are committed to helping veterans, like McGowan, who have served their country and have special needs as a result of that service. The goal of their efforts is to help successfully transition these veterans back into civilian life after experiencing life-altering injuries. For his service and sacrifice, MWSF selected McGowan to receive one of their 100% mortgage-free homes, donated by Wells Fargo.

McGowan served in the U.S. Army from 1996 until 2002 in Bosnia, Herzegovina, Korea and at Fort Drum in New York. After leaving active duty in 2002, he joined the Arizona National Guard and was deployed to Afghanistan where he sustained severe leg injuries. As a result of his service, McGowan also suffers from severe Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). During his military service, McGowan received numerous commendations. He was medically retired in 2009.

"We are honored to assist members of the military who have served our country so bravely," said Jerry Quinn, Military Affairs program manager at Wells Fargo. "Working with Military Warriors Support Foundation to donate homes to our veterans in need is just one of the many ways we salute our military through service. We hope the McGowan family will enjoy their new home and that it contributes to improving his quality of life after all he has done for our country."

"I am so thankful for this extraordinary gift from the Military Warriors Support Foundation and Wells Fargo," said McGowan. "This incredible gift will provide me with peace of mind in knowing that my wife and I now have a permanent and secure home in which to raise our children and a place where I can heal."

"MWSF is extremely pleased to work with such a great organization like Wells Fargo who has generously donated to us so many homes to give to deserving heroes and their families," said Ken Eakes, MWSF Executive Director. "Relationships like this are indicative to how the nation feels about its heroes in difficult times. This is a great example of what I often say, ‘together we can accomplish what we can only individually dream.' "

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