September 19, 2021

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Purple Heart Veteran to Receive Mortgage-Free Home in Lake Worth, Florida – Boca Raton’s Most Reliable News Source

Building Homes for Heroes and JPMorgan Chase welcome USMC Lance Corporal Leonard Chong to the home

Boca Raton, FL – An injured veteran injured while serving in Iraq receives the gift of his life thanks to nonprofit Building Homes for Heroes and JPMorgan Chase.

It was during Lance Corporal Chong’s second deployment to Iraq that his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device. The explosion was so violent that he passed out, and he didn’t fully regain consciousness until two days later at the Landstuhl Hospital in Germany. He was transferred to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland shortly thereafter to begin his recovery. Lance Corporal Chong is still suffering from a traumatic brain injury from this incident, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic back pain, migraines, and occasional seizures.

Recipient of the Purple Heart and the Iraq Campaign Medal with two Bronze Campign Stars, Lance Corporal Chong received, among many other awards, a mortgage-free home from Building Homes for Heroes and JPMorgan Chase, which was embellished and furnished for his needs. The house is donated to Lance Corporal Chong and his four young children in collaboration with the Lake Worth Community, including the police and fire department.

Building Homes for Heroes was founded by Andy Pujol after falling apart after the terrorist attacks by 11th families. Since 2006, Building Homes for Heroes, in partnership with companies such as JPMorgan Chase, Advance Auto Parts, Truck Hero, and Lowe’s, has modified and gifted more than 255 homes, companies that have long been anchored in their support for our nation’s military. Since 2011, JPMorgan Chase, working with nonprofits like Building Homes for Heroes, has donated more than 1,050 mortgage-free homes to veterans and their families.

About building houses for heroes:

After fourteen consecutive years of record growth, Building Homes for Heroes® is building and giving away mortgage-free homes and remodeling for veterans and their families, and providing other services on their path to recovery to help them live promising and promising lives full life ahead of you. The organization is committed to life rebuilding and support for the brave men and women who were injured in the service of the country during the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001. The organization has received a perfect 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for six years in a row, including 100% transparency and accountability. We are honored to support the men and women who have faithfully and courageously served our country. To learn more about the organization, visit

JPMorgan Chase’s Commitment to Service Members and Veterans:
JPMorgan Chase, a leading global financial services company with $ 3.7 trillion in assets and operations worldwide, has served our veterans since before World War I. Since the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs was established in 2011, the company has hired more than 16,000 veterans; facilitated more than 680,000 veteran recruitment through the Veteran Jobs Mission Coalition; gave more than 1,050 mortgage-free homes to needy military families; and helped nearly 50,000 students enroll in Onward to Opportunity, a free career training program run by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, co-founded and supported by JPMorgan Chase and Syracuse University. Learn more at: