In Fresno, U.S. Marine Corps veteran Jordan Cody and his family spent an emotional Wednesday morning touring their new three-bedroom home west of Highway 99, near Island Waterpark.
“It’s surreal,” said Cody, who wiped tears from his eyes and followed his 18-month-old daughter, Kadence, around the house. “I don’t think I’m more deserving of this than anybody else. My heart is still with the guys out there.”
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Wells Fargo donates real estate-owned property or REO homes to the foundation for use in its Homes4WoundedHeroes and Homes4GoldStars programs. In addition to the houses, veteran families receive three years of family and financial mentoring.
This week’s donations mark the third and fourth home donations in the San Joaquin Valley. A house was donated in December 2013 to a family in Salida and in July 2015 in Los Banos.
Cody, a North Carolina native, was stationed at Camp Pendleton during his six years of service. He was an infantryman deployed twice to Afghanistan. Cody was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor and several others for his service. He retired in October 2014 and has lived in Clovis with his wife, Stephanie and their daughter.
“It’s so nice,” Stephanie Cody said while looking at the master bathroom and bedroom for the first time. “It’s beautiful.”
“I can’t wait to decorate. We don’t have couches, tables or beds, but I’m excited.”
Sgt. Jonathan Andrade, his wife and four children, received a three-bedroom home in Madera, west of Lions Town & Country Park on Thursday. Andrade joined the Marines in 2001 and served eight years.
He was deployed twice in in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon and received several other medals for his service.