During the 2019 SEMA Show, Truck Hero announced two-time Purple Heart recipient Army Sergeant Curtis Crawford and his family will receive a mortgage-free home in Springfield, Missouri from Building Homes for Heroes. The organization builds or modifies homes, then gifts them, mortgage-free, to veterans and their families.
The event took place in the Truck Hero booth, with a custom-wrapped 2019 Ford F-150 Building Homes for Heroes (BHH) themed build as the backdrop. Sean Marks, executive vice president of Marketing, kicked off the ceremony by welcoming the Crawford family, BHH guests, members of the Media and the Truck Hero team. Andy Pujol, BHH Founder and CEO, followed to share the catalyst that propelled him into action to create Building Homes for Heroes, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Previous BHH home recipient Army Specialist Greg Caron took the floor to give his personal testimony, as well as do the honors of making the surprise announcement.
Sergeant Crawford joined the Army directly after high school in 1987 because “he wanted to be a part of something bigger than himself and serve his country”. Crawford re-enlisted following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, because “he knew it was his duty to put back on the uniform and fight for his country’s freedom”. During a mission, Sergeant Crawford suffered injuries when a sniper’s bullet ricocheted off his helmet into the windshield of his vehicle sending glass and shrapnel into his eyes and face. This is the first time Crawford would earn the Purple Heart. Less than two months later, Sergeant Crawford was shot in the chest by enemy insurgents and would spend the next several months rehabilitating. For his service to his country, Sergeant Crawford received a second Purple Heart, and also received the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and more. Sergeant Crawford’s sons, Cyler and Dakota, are following closely in their father’s footsteps, and are currently on active-duty in the United States Army.
To date, BHH has gifted 178 mortgage-free homes, with a goal of gifting 200 by the end of 2019 and 500 by 2025.