YORK® and Building Homes for Heroes®

Building Homes for Heroes® supports the brave men and women injured while serving the country during the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. And YORK® is lending a hand.

Heroes We’ve Helped

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Ricardo Arreola

Rank: Army Specialist
Home Location: Jacksonville, Florida

Army Specialist Ricardo Arreola served nine years in the military, including time in Afghanistan. In 2009, he sustained a career-ending injury that ultimately led to a series of events that put Ricardo down a challenging path. After the death of his son, he found himself living in trying conditions with few options. But thanks to Building homes for Heroes®, Ricardo went from homeless to hopeful. Now he has a free, furnished home for his family, with a YORK® home comfort system. We at YORK® are honored to have a part in giving back to a hero who sacrificed so much for his country. Watch Ricardo’s story and see how Building Homes for Heroes® and YORK® helped recognize his service.

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George Vera

Rank: Master Sergeant
Home Location: Casa Grande, Arizona

In this powerful video, Master Sergeant George Vera describes the harrowing events that led to the life-changing injuries he sustained while serving his country in 2015. Defending a base in Afghanistan, Vera was struck by gunfire four times, which damaged his spine and caused him to lose the use of his legs. His wife Angela explains how Building Homes for Heroes® called her and made sure their family was provided with a custom home to help George live an independent life. YORK®, as a partner of Building Homes for Heroes®, proudly provided a home comfort system to keep the whole family comfortable all year long. See how the Vera family is now able to live a happy, full life at home thanks to Building Homes for Heroes®.

Jesse Woods

Rank: Army Private First Class
Home Location: Casa Grande, Arizona

Army Private First Class Jesse Woods joined the military because he felt his EMT background could help bring more soldiers home to their families. He served active duty for nearly four years as a Combat Medic before entering the Army Reserve for an additional five years. He was honorably discharged in 2014. In April of 2007, he lost a close friend during a rocket attack on his convoy. He suffers from severe PTSD, tinnitus and hearing loss.

Private First Class Woods has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Army Achievement Medal (2nd award), Army Good Conduct Medal and many other commendations.

Makisha Stiles

Rank: U.S. Army Staff Sergeant
Home Location: Georgia

Staff Sergeant Makisha Stiles served in the U.S. Army and the Army Reserves for over 13 years before being honorably discharged in 2014. She was ordered to active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. For six years, SSG Stiles served as a human resources specialist. In March of 2011, SSG Stiles was informed she had breast cancer. She underwent chemotherapy, radiation therapy and a double mastectomy. Side effects from this experience include memory loss, depressive disorder and a 90% disability rating.

SSG Stiles has earned numerous commendations, including the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award), among others.

John Durham

Rank: USMC Sergeant
Home Location: Tucson, Arizona

Honoring family tradition, U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant John Durham joined the military in September of 2001. Sergeant Durham was injured when he was within the blast range of an improvised explosive device (IED), embedding shrapnel under his right eye. The second major injury he experienced happened when he was shot by an Iraqi sniper. Fortunately, the bullet was stopped by a protective plate, but the force of the impact slammed him into a wall and knocked him unconscious.

Sergeant Durham has been awarded two Purple Hearts, two Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals and numerous other recognitions.

Marcos Jimenez

Rank: U.S. Army Staff Sergeant
Home Location: Murrieta, California

Army Staff Sergeant Marcos Jimenez joined the military to serve his country and make his family proud. On the morning of March 19, 2011, Jimenez was severely injured when the armored truck he was in struck an improvised explosive device (IED). Dragged out of the wreckage, Jimenez was evacuated by helicopter. He suffered a spinal cord injury, a fractured right tibia, a fractured left arm and facial fractures. He also suffered a traumatic brain injury and PTSD.

Staff Sergeant Jimenez was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medals, Army Good Conduct Medals and many other commendations.

How to Support

Stay up-to-date on upcoming events and developments by following us on Twitter @YorkHVAC. We’ll share our efforts with Building Homes for Heroes® to provide mortgage-free homes to injured veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Building Homes for Heroes® looks for volunteers across the country. To see how you can volunteer – and the different ways you can help – click the How to Help button.

Our Dealer Commitment

YORK® Contractors across the country are responsible for helping facilitate the donation and installation of YORK® HVAC systems in Building Homes for Heroes® projects. YORK® thanks the following contractors and distributors for their involvement in this program for our veterans:

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Want to become a YORK® Building Homes for Heroes® Contractor? Talk to your Territory Manager or YORK® Representative about volunteering for upcoming projects.

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