GALLATIN, Tenn. -
A retired Army sergeant and his family have been given a new home.
Don and Gail Chandler’s five children and 10 grandchildren had been squeezed into a Goodlettsville apartment until given a new home by Bank of America.
"It's priceless. You can't put a dollar amount on this," said Don. "There's no dollar amount to that. There's no dollar amount for the support given to us by the communities."
The gift was made possible by Bank of America and the Military Warriors Support Foundation. Bank of America has donated homes to 1,000 veterans and their families in less than three years.
"We have taken a home, fixed it up and given it mortgage free to a family [and] veteran," said John Stein, Tennessee President of Bank of America.
Don met Gail while they worked for the Gallatin Fire Department. Their new home includes an antique model fire truck featured prominently in the main living space.
"The fact that they got us. They have so much of us", said Gail, pointing to a framed photograph of the family displayed on the mantel of the fireplace. "They've got kids and the things that we love to do. So much of us is already here. It's like it was made just for us.”
Don earned a Purple Heart and two bronze stars while serving in the Army for 11 years.
"There's no amount of money that can replace this for us," said Gail, fighting back tears.
"It's going to be home. It's where our grandkids are going to grow up. They're going to know that this is where they're always going to come. It's going to be home and that's what we've always wanted for them,” she added.
Don now works for the Sumner County Sheriff’s Department. The family is currently in the process of moving into their new home.