Tim McGraw Awards Home to 100th Veteran
Tim McGraw partnered with Operation Homefront in 2012 to give away mortgage-free homes to service members who had been wounded or needed other forms of assistance. While he began with an original goal of giving away 25 homes, the singer gave away the 100th home in mid-August.
"It's a night I'm proud to say, with Operation Homefront and Chase, we've given away our 100th home to a veteran," McGraw said before calling the 100th family, BJ and Brooke Frachiseur, to the stage in Texas.
BJ spent eight years in the Army, serving in both Afghanistan and Iraq, before returning to the states. Because they didn't qualify for a VA loan, the family of four was forced to move in with Brooke's mother, all living in one small room, until McGraw and Operation Homefront came to the rescue.
“We got a call the day after Christmas, and we kinda felt like it -- was gonna be bad news,” Brooke Frachiseur recalls to NBC News. “There was a lot of screaming and tears."
Adds BJ, “Words cannot express how much this has taken a weight off my shoulders. I’ll go home, and I’ll say, 'Oh, I’m going to my house.' My house. Watching my kids play in the backyard and say, ‘Oh, this is my house.’ My house. Awesome.”
McGraw says he is thrilled to be involved with such a worthwhile cause.
“It doesn’t matter what side of the fence you call on, what your politics are,” the Louisiana native says. “What matters is these guys go out and take care of our butts.
“They all -- they don’t expect it. They don’t think they deserve it,” he adds. "The thing I’ll try to tell them is that, ‘You deserve everything good comes to you in life. And take this, and build a life with it.’”
Tim Farrell, CEO of Operation Homefront, says the program has been so successful because of the 'Shotgun Rider' singer's involvement.
“Tim is so genuine, and you just can’t fake that,” Farrell says. “When you see him around our military families, the eye contact he makes, the look in his eye when he gets to shake their hand.”
McGraw's upcoming album, 'Sundown Heaven Town,' will be available on Sept. 16. He will celebrate the release with a performance at the Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Purchase tickets here.