U.S. Navy Veteran Joseph Fowler Awarded Mortgage-Free Home From ServiceSource Florida
By Space Coast Daily // November 8, 2019
U.S. Navy Veteran Joseph Fowler: 'This is a blessing'
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – ServiceSource Florida, a leading provider of employment and housing services to Floridians and veterans with disabilities donated a mortgage-free home at Crestview Villas to U.S. Navy Veteran Joseph Fowler on November 6.
Crestview Villas provides affordable, accessible housing at below-market rates to veterans and others with disabilities classified as having low income.
In honor of Veterans Day for each of the past four years, ServiceSource has donated one of its condominiums that Home Depot renovated to an honorably discharged veteran.
With funds for building materials from The Home Depot Foundation, pro-bono labor of employees who volunteer on their days off, and licensed contractors, veterans’ housing units are painted and upgraded with new windows, electric service, flooring, fixtures, bathrooms, and kitchens.
This year is no exception, and that’s welcome news for Fowler, a 58-year-old, five-year veteran who served as an E-4 Marine
Navigator Quartermaster aboard nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser USS South Carolina attached to the Eisenhower Task Force during the Iran Hostage Crisis.
After separating from the Navy, he sustained a severe head injury that’s precluded him from working. Having lived at Housing for Homeless in Rockledge for the past eight years, he’s most appreciative of the opportunity to become a homeowner.
“This is a blessing,” Fowler said. “It’s the next step forward for me. I have the peace of mind of knowing I am in a solid location that I own and can improve upon.”
The ceremony included the Presentation of Colors for the National Anthem by the Patrick Air Force Base Color Guard, keynote address from Patrick Gavin, District Director for U.S. Congressman Bill Posey, Titusville Home Depot Store Manager Gary Lintner, ribbon-cutting and remarks from Fowler.