Operation FINALLY HOME, Oklahoma Royal Homes and Green Country Jam partner to provide the custom-built, mortgage-free home for deserving American Hero
Operation FINALLY HOME, along with Oklahoma Royal Homes and the Green Country Jam, surprised U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. William Lenard and his family with the news they are receiving a custom-built, mortgage-free home near Tulsa. The surprise took place on Friday, May 4th around 9 p.m. during the Big & Rich performance at Green Country Jam. Joining the Lenard family were representatives from Operation FINALLY HOME, and Oklahoma Royal Homes.
William, his wife, Kara, and their six children thought that they were just attending the concert as guests of The Foundation for Exceptional Warriors – The FEW. The family took part in a Meet and Greet with Big & Rich and remained backstage to be recognized by John Rich and Big Kenny. Following the performance of “8th of November”, the family was surprised with the news they are actually receiving a new, mortgage-free home!
U.S. Marines Corps Sgt. William Lenard
Growing up in Oklahoma, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. William Lenard joined the United States Marine Corps in October of 2002 following 9/11 as an Infantry Rifleman. While completing three tours in Iraq, between 2003 and 2006, William served on the front lines in several high-profile firefights.
While deployed, William and his company were involved in the initial invasion through Baghdad along with his unit played a role in Operation Phantom Fury, “The Battle for Fallujah.” William earned his first Purple Heart during this time and then two additional Purple Hearts in the following two months. During his last deployment, William was involved in locating and destroying terrorist training strongholds throughout Iraq. He suffered gunshot and shrapnel wounds and witnessed several men lose their lives during these battles. He was honorably discharged in October of 2006 and returning to normal life was not easy for him as he still faces challenges today.
In addition to his three Purple Hearts, he has also been awarded the Combat Action Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal with combat “V” for valor plus many other recognitions. William suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Tinnitus and still has shrapnel in his face.
William continues to serve as a firefighter while also owning a small business, Patriot Outdoor Living. William and his wife, Kara, recently opened Claremore Market, a small shop in Claremore specializing in local foods and gifts. Together, they share six children including a daughter whom the couple recently obtained guardianship. The Lenard family lives in Claremore, Oklahoma. They are members of Church on the Move in Tulsa and enjoy spending time together outdoors, especially on the lake. In their spare time, William, Kara and their children enjoy sports and spending time at the beach.
Operation FINALLY HOME, along with Oklahoma Royal Homes and Green Country Jam, are honored to provide the Lenard family with a custom-built, mortgage-free home in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area.
About Operation FINALLY HOME: Based in New Braunfels, Texas, Operation FINALLY HOME was established in 2005 as a nonpartisan/nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of Operation FINALLY HOME is to provide homes and home modifications to America’s military Heroes and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and values. Operation FINALLY HOME partners with corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, remodelers, developers, individual contributors, and volunteers to help these Heroes and their families by addressing one of their most pressing needs – a place to call home. For more information about Operation FINALLY HOME, visit OperationFINALLYHOME.org, follow @OpFINALLYHOME on Twitter and find us on Facebook.
About Oklahoma Royal Homes | Honesty, Integrity, Quality, Open Communication and Happy Customers defines Oklahoma Royal Homes. Started in 1996 and active members in the Rogers County Homebuilder’s Association, it has achieved the status of State Certified Builder. Whether you’re a first-time home buyer, or a customer building their dream home, Oklahoma Royal Homes is personally involved in every step of the building process and welcomes open communication with each customer. Please check out OklahomaRoyalHomes.com for more information.
About Green Country Jam | It’s Tulsa’s Time! With more than 15 artists on two huge stages, Green Country Jam will have headliners and supporting acts that range from Nashville’s hottest superstars to the Red Dirt and Americana genres. For tickets and information, visit GreenCountryJam.com