TYLER, Texas, Dec. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Boot Campaign, a grassroots military appreciation and veteran awareness campaign started by five women from Texas known as the Boot Girls, joined forces with one of its partner charities, Military Warriors Support Foundation, to surprise wounded soldier Staff Sergeant Michael Brown (U.S. Army Ret.) and his family with a new mortgage-free home in Chicago, IL. The giveaway was made possible through funds raised during the Randy Wells & Stoney LaRue Boot Bash 2011, held on October 21st at Joe's Bar in Chicago.
The home giveaway will be featured in the "Christmas Wish" special on the NBC Chicago show, Weekends with Whitney. The special will air on Chicago's NBC 5.2 on December 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th. For this home giveaway, the Boot Campaign worked through its partner charity, Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF), which provides mortgage-free homes to injured soldiers and their families through its Homes 4 Wounded Heroes program.
Sgt. Brown, born and raised in Chicago and Calumet City, joined the United States Army hoping to expand his educational opportunities. He served his country for 14 years in field artillery as a soldier in the United States Army and Army National Guard. He was stationed at Fort Stewart, GA and served tours in Kuwait and Afghanistan. On July 24, 2008, Sgt. Brown was in a three vehicle convoy in route to mentor and train Afghani police forces in the Logar Province of Afghanistan when his Humvee rolled over an IED. As a result, he was critically injured along with two other soldiers and a civilian contractor. Although critically injured, all occupants survived the blast. Sgt. Brown sustained two broken bones in his right arm, 90% tissue loss of his deltoid muscle, and has limited use of his right hand.
While serving his country, he received the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, four Army Achievement Medals, and two Certificates of Achievement. Brown retired in September 2011.
"We are humbled to have the ability to make donations such as this one that will have a lasting affect on a soldier and his/her family. The Boot Girls are thankful to have partner charities such as Military Warriors Support Foundation to ensure that our soldiers are taken care of when they return home from service, and we look forward to making other donations such as this one in the near future," said Sherri Reuland, Boot Campaign Executive Director.
Sgt. Brown's home is the second home the Boot Campaign has given away with MWSF. The Boot Campaign and MWSF will be giving away a third home together in early 2012.
The Boot Campaign
The Boot Campaign provides a tangible way for Americans to show patriotism, promote awareness of veteran's issues and raises funds for military charities. The Boot Campaign is a grassroots military appreciation and veteran awareness campaign started by five women from Texas, known as the Boot Girls. The Boot Girls launched the Boot Campaign in 2009 to spread awareness of the needs of military personnel returning home from combat and express gratitude to current military. Through the sale of military combat boots, the Boot Campaign donates proceeds to a group of partner charities that work with soldiers healing from a variety of physical and emotional combat wounds, embodying the campaign motto that, "When They Come Back, We Give Back". www.BootCampaign.com
SOURCE The Boot Campaign