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ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- Just in time for Thanksgiving, a wounded U.S. Army veteran has been given a mortgage-free home in Port St. Lucie.
Sgt. Noe Santos Dilone received the keys to his new home in Port St. Lucie in a ceremony at the house earlier in November. The donation was made possible through a partnership between Bank of America and the Military Warriors Support Foundation.
Sgt. Dilone was in the Army from 2003 to 2008 and served a tour in Iraq. He suffered combat related injuries and earned a Purple Heart.
During his career in the Army, Sgt. Dilone received numerous other awards, including the Bronze Star Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Combat Action Badge.
The home, located in Port St. Lucie, was built in 2005. It is about 2,000 square feet with four bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Repairs and upgrades included new appliances, carpet, and paint and window treatments.
Bank of America announced in 2012 a three-year commitment to make available up to 1,000 properties to nonprofit organizations and local government programs that provide homes for military veterans and first responders. Since that announcement, the bank has donated more than 800 homes to nonprofits that support military service members seeking housing. A hundred of those homes are in Florida.