A retired Army captain and his wife were bestowed with a mortgage-free home in North Carolina last week, after being scammed by contractors who took off with their money.
Retired Army Captain Hans Mumm, a third-generation soldier and former intelligence officer, oversaw the military program of wartime playing cards featuring the most-wanted Iraqis in 2003.
However, combat and multiple exposures to IED strikes led to his medical discharge from the military branch in 2010.
In an unfortunate turn of events, Mumm and his wife had paid contractors for materials to build their dream home, only to be left with a damaged shell of a structure when the contractors disappeared with the cash and building materials they paid for upfront.
After hearing about their plight, Lowe’s and Building Homes for Heroes, a national non-profit organization, joined forces to assist the couple.
How a non-profit is Building Homes For Heroes
During a ceremony on Thursday, Mumm was presented with the keys to the new home in Zebulon.
Overwhelmed with emotions, he described the house as “absolutely unbelievable” and beyond their “expectations of a home.”
Notably, the house is designed to accommodate Mumm’s injuries sustained during his 16 years of service, ensuring ease of movement even if he becomes wheelchair-bound in the future.
The non-profit shouted out the hardware store in a post showcasing photos of the unveiling ceremony.
“@Lowes, you’re a true American hero! Your dedication to supporting our nation’s military families is truly inspiring,” Building Homes for Heroes wrote.
“Thank you for making a difference in the lives of @USArmy Captain Hans Mumm and his wife. We salute you!”
This generous gift has left Mumm and his family deeply moved and restored his faith in humanity.
“You understand why America really is the greatest country in the world,” he remarked.
Building Homes For Heroes Mission
The Mumm’s home is the 345th one built by the non-profit, which intends to build 400 houses for injured veterans by December 2024.
According to their mission, the organization “is determined and devoted to bringing renewed hope to our nation’s injured veterans.”
Since 2006, they have been building and modifying homes for the veterans and their families and gifting them out mortgage-free, “while providing support services to enable them to build better and brighter lives and reach new heights.”
“These homes not only help to remove the family’s financial burden, they help to restore the individual’s freedom, and enable the veteran to lead a more independent and productive civilian life,” Building Homes For Heroes wrote.