Cole family to receive keys to mortgage free home compliments of Operation FINALLY HOME in Wisconsin
On September 15, 2018, the Operation FINALLY HOME team in Wisconsin surprised the Cole family at their lot and broke ground all in the same day.
"We couldn't be more honored to dedicate this new home to Army Sergeant First Class Tyson Cole. His hardworking, high character, humility, and willingness to put his country first exemplify what we look for in an Operation Finally Home recipient. On behalf of everyone involved with Operation Finally Home we warmly welcome Tyson home." -David Belman, President Belman Homes, Operation Finally Home in Wisconsin Builder
WHEN: Saturday, June 15th, 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: W167 N4801 Russell Ct. Menomonee Falls • Intersection of Lisbon Road and Russell Court in Menomonee Falls, directly across from Pistol Pete's
WHY: To honor an American hero and give him and his family the keys to their brand new, mortgage-free home!
WHO: U.S. Army Sergeant Tyson Cole and family
Operation FINALLY HOME Representatives
Belman Homes Representatives
Metropolitan Builders Association Representatives
About U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Tyson Cole | Tyson joined the military two days after graduating high school to escape a toxic environment at home. After basic training at Fort Banning, he was sent to Korea and met his wife through a USO pen pal program. After marrying, Jessica moved to Korea for a while and taught children English. Upon returning to Fort Bliss, Tyson geared up for war in Iraq. A self-described "career soldier"; Tyson quickly moved up the ranks and became the brigade commander's personal security officer for nearly 18 months. This position put Tyson on constant alert.
The stresses of the Iraq war continued to pile up for Tyson. After a nearby explosion killed a neighboring unit Tyson discovered his good friend Cooper had died in the explosions. Later Tyson was sent into the towns of Qahtaniya and Jazeera after a bombing. He was the only American soldier there and had to trek through the war-torn villages walking amongst the angry, grieving families.
In 2007 Tyson was severely injured in Baghdad, after returning to the battalions a 60 mm mortar hit next to him and threw him into a concrete bunker. These injuries caused severe TBI that affected his comprehension and long-term memory. After his deployment, he volunteered for Drill Sergeant duty but soon learned his good friend, Staff Sgt. Gonzalez was killed in Afghanistan and finally, after over 13 years of service, Tyson could not hold it together anymore and had to retire. He struggled in his transition from the only world he knew.
Upon returning to Jessica's hometown of Indiana they moved into a dilapidated home that is in need of constant maintenance. Since Tyson is unable to work, this puts additional stress on him and his family. He has two daughters Lilliana, Luciana, and their son Jonathan. The Cole family desperately needs a fresh start, a community that will support him and most importantly a place to call home. Belman Homes is proud to be able to provide him this home through the support of the building industry, The Metropolitan Builders Association, and Operation Finally Home.
About Operation FINALLY HOME | Based in New Braunfels, Texas, Operation FINALLY HOME was established in 2005 as a nonpartisan/
About Belman Homes | Belman Homes' vision is "Creating the ultimate building experience, one customer at a time."® Lead by industry leader and second-generation homebuilder, David Belman, their commitment to this vision has led them to win major North American Awards for "Best Young Entrepreneur"