Scottsdale home builder awards free homes to two military veterans

Operation Homefront and Scottsdale-based Meritage Homes Corporation announce that two military families have been selected to receive newly-built mortgage-free homes.

The homes are located in the greater Austin, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona areas. Each of the homes will be presented to the families on Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

Born in Galveston and raised in Stockdale, Texas, Army Sergeant Jonathan Acuna, his wife Jessica, and two daughters, Jlynn and Aracely, will be moving into their first owned family home. Sgt. Acuna served as a military police officer protecting the health and welfare of the military families at his designated post. He was awarded a Purple Heart for actions taken during a road side bomb explosion in Iraq in 2009, in which he sustained injuries that sent him back to the states for recovery. Those injuries eventually led to  Sgt. Acuna being medically retired with an honorable discharge in February 2016.

The 1,562 square-foot, three-bedroom home in Leander, Texas, will provide Mr. Acuna and his family an opportunity to complete their studies and pursue their passions.

“It means everything to us,” said Mr. Acuna. “We don’t have to worry about where we are going to live next, and I am proud that my girls can call this their home.”

Army Staff Sergeant Joseph Moncrief was selected to receive a 2,278 square-foot home in Goodyear. The three-bedroom home will provide Joseph, his wife Mollie, and two daughters, Elizabeth and Jocelyn, access to schools, financial security, and the opportunity to begin a college fund.

“It’s a dream that we have been wanting for a long time,” said Mr. Moncrief. “Thank you for being there for us – honestly. I was floored about what Meritage Homes provides for veterans and military families.”

The two veterans were selected based on a number of qualifications including, but not limited to, family needs and ties to the community. These homes bring the total to nine newly built homes provided by Meritage Homes through Operation Homefront’s Homes on the Homefront program.

“Our mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive in the communities they have worked so hard to protect,” said Robert Thomas, chief operating officer at Operation Homefront. “Thanks to the continuing generosity of Meritage Homes, we are privileged to award two additional new homes to deserving military families as part of our Homes on the Homefront program.

“We are looking forward to awarding these deserving military families the keys to their brand new custom homes in November – just in time for the holidays,” said Thomas.

Steven J. Hilton, chairman and CEO of Meritage Homes, said, “This is our fourth year providing homes for deserving veterans and their families in cooperation with Operation Homefront. We and our partners are truly honored to provide these homes where the Moncrief and Acuna families can live better lives and make memories to last a lifetime.”

For more information about the Operation Homefront and Meritage Homes partnership, visit or

A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront builds strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. With more than 3,200 volunteers nationwide, Operation Homefront has provided assistance to tens of thousands of military families since its inception shortly after 9/11. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 92 percent of Operation Homefront’s expenditures go directly to programs that provide support to our military families. For more information, go to

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