Meritage Homes to donate home to local Army Sergeant

The Moncreif family. (submitted photo)

The Moncreif family. (submitted photo)

Operation Homefront and Scottsdale-based Meritage Homes Corporation are joining forces to thank a Phoenix-area veteran for his service by presenting his family with a new mortgage-free home on Veterans Day.

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Joseph Moncreif will receive the keys to his new 2,278-square-foot home, in a ceremony on Nov. 11. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home is completely tailored toward the Moncreif’s needs, according to a press release.

It boasts a foyer, open living space, a cook’s kitchen, compact fluorescent lighting, ENERGY STAR appliances, and more.

(submitted photo)

(submitted photo)

As a Staff Sergeant, Moncreif secured and prepared ammunition and reported to the commander during battle. His four deployments included Kosovo in 1997, Kuwait in 2000, and Iraq in 2003 and 2005.

After serving almost 14 years, Moncreif medically retired with an honorable discharge in 2010 and currently lives on Luke Air Force Base with his wife, Mollie, and their two daughters Elizabeth and Jocelyn.

For Moncrief, the new home means more stability for his children and access to better schools, the release stated. It also will allow him to build financial security so he and his wife can travel, start a college fund for his daughters, and achieve their goals.

“I was floored about what Meritage Homes provides for veterans and military families. It’s a dream that we have been wanting for a long time,” said Moncrief in the release. “We no longer have to move constantly or worry about where we are going next. It’s also financial freedom, which is going to be good for us. As a veteran, it makes me feel good that there are people out there that care.”

The Moncrief family is one of two military families to receive newly built mortgage-free homes in November during the week of Veterans Day. The other family is located in Austin, Texas.

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