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Posted: Friday, December 7, 2018 12:00 am

Wells Fargo has donated a mortgage-free home in Homesteasd to Military Warriors Support Foundation for Retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Carlos HenaoGallego and his family.

Following a brief ceremony to congratulate the veteran, the family accepted keys to the home and saw inside for the first time.

At the ceremony, the family was joined by Jorge Villacampa, Miami-Dade Region Bank President, Wells Fargo; and Sandy Ignaszewski, Director of Transition and Mentoring, Military Warriors Support Foundation.

Retired Staff Sergeant HenaoGallego joined the Army in 2003 and served in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait. He received the Combat Action Badge, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, and Iraq Campaign Medal.

Wells Fargo donates homes to Military Warriors Support Foundation for use in its Homes4WoundedHeroes program, which awards mortgage-free homes and three years of family and financial mentoring to assist combat wounded veterans and Gold Star spouses in their transition from the military to civilian life.

Since 2010, Military Warriors Support Foundation has awarded over 800 mortgage-free homes through their Homes4WoundedHeroes program, and has assisted combat wounded veterans and their families in paying off over $20 million in debt through mentorship.

Since 2012, Wells Fargo has donated more than 350 homes, valued at over $55 million, to veterans in all 50 states.

Sergeant Henao Gallego and his family are relocating to Homestead from Charlotee NC. When accepting the key he said, “Thank you to both Wells Fargo and Military Warriors and everybody. Started my family in Miami and happy to come back. We are blessed to have this opportunity.

Said his wife, Monica Caro, “Military is a big family and no matter where you move you find family.”

Henao Gallego and Caro were joined by their two adult daughters, Natalie and Stephanie.

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