King Oaks is proud to honor our nation's heros. We have partnered with Operation FINALLY HOME and the countless volunteers that helped to build a mortgage-free custom home for Veteran Sgt. Monte Bernardo. King Oaks' parent company, SouthStar Communities, has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with Operation FINALLY HOME and look forward to delivering more homes to the men and women who have served our country so honorably.
Sgt. Monte Bernardo was surprised during a Texas A&M football game with the opportunity to become a King Oaks resident in a mortgage-free home.
Community support for Sgt. Bernardo has been strong since the announcement of King Oaks’ involvement with OFH—not surprising given the strong community bonds shared by King Oaks landowners and residents as well as area businesses. More than 250 people participated in the Notes of Love event held on June 29, 2013 at King Oaks, with residents and friends coming to celebrate Sgt. Bernardo and leave behind words of encouragement and respect on the wood framework of Bernardo’s mortgage-free home.
In September 2013, CoBank and Mid-South Energy donated $10,000 to benefit the home of Sgt. Bernardo. Several community and national groups continue to raise funds, volunteer their time, and donate products and services for the building of Sgt. Bernardo’s home.
Sgt. Monte Bernardo While serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan on July 4, 2012, Sgt. Monte Bernardo and his platoon came under fire from two sides, forcing them to take cover on a berm. Sgt. Bernardo ordered his team to return fire then placed himself between them to direct their fire. The spot he chose was on top of an IED, which imploded.
Sgt. Bernardo, age 30, was critically injured by the IED blast, resulting in the loss of three limbs, including both legs, which were amputated above the knees, and his left hand. He is currently undergoing treatment and working toward recovery at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Sgt. Bernardo joined the Army in September 2006 at the age of 24 entering basic training as an artilleryman. During his tenure in the military, he has worked extremely hard to become a model Non Commissioned Officer, soldier and paratrooper, resulting in numerous awards, Jumpmaster and Air Assault skill badges as well as a Purple Heart.
Sgt. Bernardo has an 11-year-old daughter, Felicity, and hopes to study aerospace engineering at Texas A&M University. His brother, Frank Bernardo, is a 2004 graduate of Texas A&M.
OFH and SouthStar Communities have partnered on 10 homes in SouthStar master-planned communities.
Operation FINALLY HOME, which was established in 2005 by 2010 CNN Top 10 Hero of the Year Dan Wallrath, has provided more than 40 homes to wounded veterans and widows of servicemen across the country. This will be the first home built in the Bryan-College Station area.
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