Homes with Honor Donation Celebration

Seth Thomas, a former U.S. Army corporal, is a two-time Purple Heart recipient. Click to view more images.

December 2013

On Dec. 12, at a special ceremony in Pottsboro, TX, the Tarrant County Housing Partnership team celebrated the organization's recent donation of a refurbished three-bedroom home to a two-time Purple Heart winner and former U.S. Army corporal, Seth Thomas.

The home was gifted to the Thomas family on behalf of Homes with Honor, a veterans homeownership program. TCHP is the local partner and administrator for the project, which updates homes in danger of blight or disrepair and provides them to military veterans at a substantial discount. Learn more about Homes with Honor.

Joining the TCHP team at the celebration were representatives from the program's funders and administrators: Bank of America, Brooke Community Development, and National Community Stabilization Trust, as well as Grayson County officials.

The event featured a presentation of the colors by the local chapter of the Patriot Riders and remarks from guest of honor Seth Thomas, with everyone adjourning at the conclusion to enjoy a Pottsboro culinary favorite, pulled pork sundaes.

More about Corporal Seth Thomas

Corporal Thomas’s eight-year Army career has included multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and two Purple Heart awards. His service in these combat zones typically involved convoy escort work, requiring Thomas to ride shotgun in military Humvees.

On 17 occasions, his vehicle was strafed by IEDs, roadside bombs or enemy missiles. As a result of two serious hits, Thomas sustained severe back and neck injuries. Additionally, the impact of one missile killed the Humvee driver and threw Thomas into another part of his vehicle, which led to broken facial bones and permanent skull damage for the young soldier. Today, Jarrod Thomas battles constant pain and walks with a limp, but continues to work hard in therapy in order to remain as active as possible.

Since he grew up in Pottsboro, the former soldier is especially excited about his new home, particularly since his mother and sister live in town as well. He and his wife and two children are currently living in a two-bedroom rental without central air, and are expecting a baby to arrive in January 2nd.

“Although Seth and his family have endured so much, they have maintained such a positive, thoughtful attitude and exemplify everything the Homes With Honor program is about. We are so thrilled and honored to have partners such as Bank of America who provide us the opportunity to give back to such a deserving family,” said Donna VanNess, president of Tarrant County housing Partnership.

More about the home:

The donated home recently underwent approximately $60,000 in repairs and rehabilitation. In addition to the 100% donation of the property, program partners have provided for the contribution of a stainless steel oven/range, dishwasher, washer-dryer, refrigerator and a specially-designed shower that includes a vertically-mobile shower head, bench and rails. Contractor H2 Builder Services and The Home Depot have also contributed a backyard fort/swing set and garage shelves and tools.

“As part of Bank of America’s efforts to help revitalize communities and support the housing needs of those who have served and sacrificed for our nation, the company has pledged to make up to 1,000 homes available nationwide through property donations to military veteran-support charities and other nonprofit, community-based organizations,” said Scott Bertram, SVP Community Revitalization, Bank of America. Learn more about Bank of America's contributions to service members and veterans.