Christopher Tate of Lake Village, Ark., and Brandy Oakes of Atlanta, Ga., will not have to worry about a mortgage going forward.
Like everything else, they’ve earned it.
Oakes, a Gold Star survivor and Army widow, and Tate, an Army wounded warrior, were gifted the deeds to their mortgage-free homes Saturday during the Dean & DeLuca Invitational at Colonial Country Club
The two homes were donated by Humana and private donors to the Military Warriors Support Foundation in a ceremony on the 17th fairway. Combined, the debt retired on the two mortgages was $62,000.
“It means a lot to me. I was surprised,” Tate said.
Tate is attending barber school in the Mid-Cities and plans to go back to college at either TCU or Texas-Arlington. The retired Army Sergeant’s home will be in Fort Worth.
Tate was injured in April, 2011 while serving in Afghanistan. The Purple Heart recipient sustained injuries as a result of an improvised explosive device and has had 29 surgeries.
Oakes is a full-time mom with two children, both boys, ages 14 and 8.
“I don’t have the words to describe this,” she said. “I am going to enjoy the tournament and fly back to Atlanta.
“When I get back, I might take the boys to the beach.”
Oakes is the widow of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Curtis A. Oakes, who was killed in action November 2010 while on patrol in Afghanistan.
Her home will be located in Buford, Ga.
In addition to the homes, Tate and Oaks will receive three years of family and financial mentoring.