Posted on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 at 9:35 pm.
Chapin Community Invited to Write Inspirational Notes of Love on Framing of New Home for Military Veteran Thursday (Sept. 21)
CHAPIN, South Carolina (Sept. 19, 2017) – Operation FINALLY HOME along with Dunbar Builders and Mungo Homes invite the local community to come out and write inspirational words of support and encouragement on the studs of the unfinished home of U.S. Marine Sgt. Keith Turnbow, Thursday (Sept. 21) from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 NOON. Keith, his wife Maggy and their children will arrive at the home site later that afternoon to read the Notes of Love left by their new community.
Keith and his family were surprised with the news they were receiving a new custom-built, mortgage-free home during a special groundbreaking ceremony June 21. They thought they were just going through the preliminary interview process with Operation FINALLY HOME and the builder, but were driven to the home site instead for the surprise.
The Chapin community is invited and encouraged to stop by and write a few words of inspiration on the studs before they get wrapped in dry wall so the Turnbow family feels the love each time they walk into their new home.
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 NOON – community signing event | 3:00 p.m. – family arrives Media is invited to both events; if capturing family, please arrive by 2:45 p.m.
WHERE: At Home Site: Portrait Hill | 1241 Portrait Hill Dr. | Chapin, SC Please enter the address above for GPS directions and follow the “Event” signage once you arrive in the Portrait Hill community.
WHO: U.S. Marine Sgt. Keith Turnbow, his wife Maggy, and children
Dunbar Builders representatives
Mungo Homes representatives
Operation FINALLY HOME representative
About U.S. Marine Sgt. Keith Turnbow
U.S. Marine Sgt. Keith Turnbow grew up in a broken home in Florida and later New Jersey. Despite these challenges, he rose above it to become one of the most popular kids in his high school, even being voted Prom King.
After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2004 where he was promoted to Private First Class following completion of his training. In 2005, after just two months of infantry training, he was deployed to Iraq with the 2nd Light Armor Recon. A few weeks into his service in Iraq, Turnbow’s vehicle was hit directly by an IED. He was the only one to take the blast directly and it was later found to cause a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
However, he remained on active duty and continued to witness incredible carnage and death of his fellow military service members. He returned home in 2006 as a changed man, no longer the effusive, friendly person he had been in high school and accepted an opportunity to return to Iraq in 2007.
After his second deployment, he reenlisted as a combat instructor at the School of Infantry. In 2010, he reconnected with Maggy, a former high school classmate. They married and have a family now.
In 2014, he medically retired and is currently a full-time student and is focused on being a role model for his family.
Turnbow, who was promoted to Sergeant in less than three years, was recognized with multiple awards including Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Model, Humanitarian Service Media and Iraq Campaign Medal.
Operation FINALLY HOME and Dunbar Builders, a member of the Southern Living Custom Builders Program, and Mungo Homes are teaming to provide the Turnbow family with a custom-built, mortgage-free home in Chapin, SC.
About Operation FINALLY HOME | Operation FINALLY HOME was established in 2005 as a nonpartisan/nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of Operation FINALLY HOME is to provide custom-built, mortgage-free homes to America’s military heroes and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedom and values. Operation FINALLY HOME partners with corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, developers, individual contributors, and volunteers to help America’s military heroes and their families transition to the home front by addressing one of their most pressing needs—a home to call their own. To find out more, visit OperationFinallyHome.org.
About Dunbar Builders | Building a home represents the most important buying decision you likely will ever make and perhaps your largest single investment. When it comes to choosing a custom homebuilder, you want a company with construction expertise and professionalism. At Dunbar builders, our mission is to create exceptional homebuilding experiences for our customers while providing high quality at a great value. With more than 20 years in business, Dunbar Builders gives you the confidence and peace of mind you want throughout the home building process. For more information, visit www.DunbarBuilders.com.
About Mungo Homes | Currently ranked the 35th largest builder in the country by Builder magazine, the Mungo family started building new homes in Columbia, South Carolina in 1954. With a track record of success based on quality, trust, and stability, Mungo Homes – still family-owned and operated – builds in eight markets throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama.
Mungo Homes was named America’s Best Builder 2012 by Builder magazine – an award for overall excellence in homebuilding based on finance/operations, design/construction, customer service/quality, community/industry service and marketing. That same year, the National Association of Home Builders honored Mungo Homes as the National Green Advocate of the Year for hauSmart, Mungo’s exclusive energy-efficiency program. The company was also recognized as the winner of the 2008 National Housing Quality Award and is the only South Carolina-based builder ever honored with this prestigious award.
About Southern Living | Southern Living celebrates the essence of life in the South, covering the best in Southern food, home, garden, and travel. Reaching more than 23 million people each month, Southern Living connects consumers to the region’s rich culture through a variety of print, digital, mobile, tablet and event platforms. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the rapidly expanding Southern Living brand is part of Time Inc., one of the largest media companies in the world.