Purple Heart Homes and Citi Provide Housing Solutions and Support for Service-Connected Disabled Veterans and Their Families

    Purple Heart Homes and Citi Provide Housing Solutions and Support for
            Service-Connected Disabled Veterans and Their Families

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, March 4, 2013

NEW YORK, March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A collaboration between Purple Heart
Homes and Citi to provide housing solutions for service-connected disabled
veterans will mean that a number of military veterans and their families will
soon be able to start new lives in their new homes. Starting this month with
former U.S. Army Corporal Hamilton Kinard and his family, who moved into a
fully renovated new home in Claxton, Georgia, Purple Heart Homes and Citi are
helping injured returning troops begin the next phase of their lives with the
modified housing and support they need.

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Under the program, Citi works with Purple Heart Homes to identify properties
in its REO inventory that are in locations in which a service-connected
disabled veteran is in need of a housing arrangement that accommodates his/her
injury-related challenges. Purple Heart Homes then works with third-party
contractors to modify homes based on the needs of the individuals and their
families.

Corporal Kindard, who sustained multiple injuries from an IED explosion while
serving in Iraq, is living with the challenges of traumatic brain injury
(TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), cervical strain, hearing loss
and degenerative disc disease. The Kinards' new five-bedroom, single-story
ranch has been modified with wider doorways and hallways, a
handicap-accessible bathroom and a new kitchen. As part of their assimilation
back into civilian life, Corporal Kindard and his wife will also participate
in a new mentorship program that will provide training on home maintenance and
money management as well as financial counseling and career guidance.

"Both Purple Heart Homes and Citi recognize that service-connected disabled
veterans who have served our country need homes that can be modified and
adapted to provide them with a safe, barrier-free living environment," says
John Galina, Co-founder of Purple Heart Homes. "In addition, they need
training and the support of mentors to thrive in their new communities and
civilian lives."

When disabled veterans move into their newly renovated homes, the community
plays a vital role by welcoming new families and providing a crucial and
immediate sense of belonging. Purple Heart Homes recruits and engages members
of each community to volunteer with painting, landscaping, and gardening
tasks, as well as raising funds to help cover the costs of the home
modifications, which average $70,000 per property. Purple Heart Homes
recipients are also encouraged to reciprocate by getting involved in local
volunteer opportunities.

In addition to the Kinards, two other families will move into homes donated to
Purple Heart Homes by Citi in the coming months. Army Specialist Alba Tanner,
who suffers from PTSD, right arm paralysis, limited jaw motion and tinnitus,
will relocate from Hammond, Louisiana, to an Atlanta home that will be fully
renovated by Purple Heart Homes. Army veteran Jim Lea and his wife Teresa from
Osawatomie, Kansas, will leave the 30-foot travel trailer in which they have
been living to move into a small cottage while a larger home on the property
is renovated. Lea suffers from severe PTSD and other injuries sustained during
his tour of duty in Vietnam.

"Citi is pleased that we can work with Purple Heart Homes where possible to
identify opportunities to recognize the service and sacrifice of those who
served our country," said Natalie Abatemarco, Managing Director for National
Initiatives at Citi Community Development. "By selectively tapping into our
inventory of REO properties, we can help these families rebuild their lives
while also revitalizing neighborhoods by returning renovated homes back to the
market."

ABOUT PURPLE HEART HOMES

Purple Heart Homes is a 501(c)(3) founded by Dale Beatty and John Gallina, two
Iraq combat-wounded veterans that remain on a mission to provide housing
solutions to service-connected disabled veterans and their families. Driven by
the belief that no Veteran should be left behind, Purple Heart Homes, together
with community, is committed to ensuring quality of life solutions for
disabled American Veterans from all eras.
For more information see: www.purplehearthomesusa.org or call 855-PURPLE9

ABOUT CITI
Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts
and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citigroup
provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad
range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and
credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction
services, and wealth management.

Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com | Twitter: @Citi |
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Media Contacts: Vicki Thomas, PHH Media Relations, 203-984-2138
                          David Roskin, Citi, 212-559-4767

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SOURCE Purple Heart Homes

Website: http://www.purplehearthomesusa.org
 
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