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A Minute With Marshall: We Give Thanks

Over 40,000,000.  That’s how many men and women have served in the U.S. military, with a quarter of these individuals serving in just the past 25 years.

Veterans Day has taken on a special meaning for me because of Built to Honor, our work to build mortgage-free homes for deserving US military veterans and their families. It’s one of those “stop, think and thank” days — 180 degrees from the fun and games of Halloween that we enjoyed just a few days ago. Stop for a minute and think about their service and the sacrifice these men and women have made – giving up time with their families and friends, a job, a home, or their physical or mental health – to serve our country.

While they all chose to serve, each of these veterans, and each Built to Honor recipient, has a unique and very personal story.  It’s humbling and inspiring to hear their stories — where they’re from, why they joined the military, where they served, what they faced. And what it was like to return home.

For many veterans, coming home can be a tremendous challenge; there are so many uncertainties: ‘what do I do next?’ ‘how do I adjust to civilian life?’ ‘where do I live?’ These questions are especially tough to deal with when you’re a disabled vet. That’s why PulteGroup is pleased to partner with great organizations like the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. Program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), which provides severely wounded veterans with the resources to overcome the challenges and make coming home the positive experience it should be.  Most widely known for his role as Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump, Gary Sinise is an Emmy award winning actor who established the Gary Sinise Foundation to serve our nation’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.

Our newest Built to Honor recipient has dealt with more than her share of challenges. Tara Hutchinson was severely wounded on Valentine’s Day 2006 while serving in Iraq. Her truck was hit by an explosive device with the damage ultimately resulting in the amputation of her right leg and permanent brain injury. Tara has traveled a long path to where she is today: the owner of her own custom jewelry-making business in San Antonio.

I invite you to view the video when Tara found out from Gary Sinise and our great San Antonio team that she would be our 54th Built to Honor recipient.

Stop, think — and thank. To all veterans, including our PulteGroup employees who have served or are currently serving our country, whether in the Armed Forces, as first responders, in law enforcement – on this Veterans Day, and every day, we thank you for your service.

I would personally like to invite you or any family members that have or are serving to be recognized. Please leave a comment of your family’s military service. Again, we appreciate you for your dedication to our country.



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  1. I served in the US Army from 2003-2011, my final year was with a Reserve Unit out of Pleasant Grove, UT, which gave me the opportunity to be deployed to Afghanistan. My MOS was 38B, which is Civil Affairs. I loved my job because I was able to help others and build communities. I was in charge of building schools, handing out Humanitarian Aid, and connecting the people to their Government. It was an amazing experience, which has left a lasting impression on me.

    My Grandfather was in the US Navy during WWII, my Uncle was in the US Air Force, and I have 3 cousins in the Military, one in the US Army, and 2 are Marines.

  2. Great video!!!!! Great story! I was so glad to be part of the Build to Honor in SoCal and I am happy that you all get to have that experience. Anyone who is part of it will tell you it is something to take Pride in and something you never forget!

  3. Thank You Mr. Marshall. So many people say they support our veterans but so few prove it. I’m proud to work for Pulte Homes because you allow us to mean what we say by building homes for these veterans in need.

  4. It is so wonderful to work for a Company that gives back to our Veterans. I’m proud to be a part of such an amazing family and team. I understand what it’s like to have those that have served and given so much for our Country and it’s a blessing to see their sacrifices rewarded with the amazing gift of homeownership. My husband is an Army Veteran and we currently have a daughter serving in the Air Force (stationed in Germany), a son that has served in the Army National Guard for 8 years, and another son headed to Air Force Basic Training in January.

    Thank you to all the Veterans and families!

  5. My husband retired Lieutenant Colonel Joel S. Guinyard has served active duty in the USARMY for over 20 years. He recently retired after completing tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

  6. A big and loving thank you to ALAN LUNDBERG, my amazing father-in-law, for his service during the Vietnam War. Thank you to every veteran, and their respective families, for their service and sacrifice. Thank you Ryan, Shawn, the San Antonio team and the entire Pulte family for another awesome Built to Honor home.

  7. A major portion of my family has served in various branches of the military. Currently I have 2 Marines, 1 Air Force, 3 Navy, 2 Army, and 1 Coast Guard in the family, serving. Three of my best friends are also in the Marine Corps.

    I just wanted to say thank you for the recognition we, as Pulte, are giving to service members. It’s very close to my heart, and the members of my family are in my mind constantly through the day. Wondering where Alex is, hoping Gunner is not in harms way at his fire base, hoping my Uncle will get back for a couple of days in the spring.

    It’s a huge comfort to know I work for a company who cares about this matter. Bless our service members here and abroad! Keep up the amazing work team!

  8. Every time the national anthem is played at my son’s soccer games, I’m overcome by deep emotion–because the privilege to sit freely is made possible by all the men and women who are away serving. I want to thank my youngest brother Luis M. Garces, Air Force Major who is serving in Ramstein– Germany. My one year old nephew is not growing up with us because of the circumstances; many sacrifices…

  9. My Dad served for 22 years in the Navy, retiring in 1971. My bother served 20 years in the Army, retiring in 2003. Currently, I have 4 nephews serving in the Army. My son, Adam, plans on enlisting with the Army next year. I am very proud to say I work for PulteGroup. The Build to Honor program is a perfect example of our culture and the drive each employee has to serve our community.

  10. Big thank you for all the Veterans. Special call out to my husband, Matt, who is a Marine that served during Desert Storm!

  11. Amazing, Heartwarming story – Thank you for keeping my day in check with gratitude! 😊 So many deserving people…

  12. Like all of us, I’ve made many choices over the years I am not proud of or have regretted – but serving on active duty in the Navy for six years is not one of them. Next to my children – the Navy was the best life choice I ever made and would do it again in a second. I encourage young adults to consider the choice all the time. It made me a better person in more ways than I ever imagined. My two tours gave back to me more than it required of me and am forever grateful for the experience.

  13. I am so appreciative for you taking the time to post so many heartfelt messages. To every PulteGroup employee and family member who has served or is currently serving, we say thank you. The country is divided in so many ways these days, but, almost without exception, we stand united in our support of our nation’s military. We pray that all who serve come home safely.

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