When Army National Guard Specialist David Moreno received the call to serve his country in combat during the Iraq War, he answered. Spc. Moreno worked as an infantry gunner on a Humvee, fighting with honor alongside his brothers and sisters in arms.
He returned home with a number of accolades: Army Commendation Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, and the Iraq Campaign Medal.
Spc. Moreno also brought home a Purple Heart, which he was awarded due to the myriad of injuries he sustained from an IED explosion.
Rewarding our veterans’ sacrifice
PulteGroup and its partners felt Spc. Moreno deserved further recognition for his service and sacrifice. They decided to build him, his wife Monica, and their two young children a new home in Red Rock Village, Ariz.—and give it to them mortgage-free.
Watch Spc. Moreno and his family enter their new home for the first time during a special dedication ceremony:
Join the PulteGroup team and you’ll not only get to work for a great company that values its employees—you’ll help make dreams come true for heroes like Spc. Moreno, providing them with the “welcome home” they so rightfully deserve.
Helping wounded veterans build brighter futures
Launched in 2013, PulteGroup’s Built to Honor program has banded together with suppliers, contractors, and sponsors to build 50 new homes worth more than $15 million for wounded veterans.
“We saw an opportunity to give back to veterans for whom reintegration into civilian life can be really difficult,” James Zeumer, vice president of investor and corporate communications at PulteGroup, said. “The response both inside and outside our company has been outstanding.”
While Zeumer manages the Built to Honor program for PulteGroup, he’s quick to point out that the real work happens on the ground.
“It really exists at the field level with the men and women who build these homes, who engage with the vets and their families,” Zeumer said.
Zeumer has witnessed Built to Honor provoke strong emotional responses not just from veterans, but from volunteers and workers as well.
“I have seen men and women in the construction industry who are as tough as anyone you’ll meet break down in tears as we hand veterans the keys to their new homes,” Zeumer said.
Get employed, get involved, and give back
Even if you’ve never lifted a hammer or don’t know the difference between a Phillips and a flathead screwdriver, as an employee at PulteGroup you’ll still have plenty of opportunities to put your talents to use as a part of Built to Honor.
Employees are often encouraged to engage with the veterans through different events, fundraising campaigns, or occasionally through direct donation of small accessories for Built to Honor homes, which are provided to veterans fully furnished.
“At times, we have registries where employees can go in and pick specific items for the family,” Zeumer said. “We even do HGTV-style events where team members design a specific room with a unique theme or color scheme to meet the needs of the veteran.”
Inside the office, your accounting skills might help PulteGroup keep its profit and loss sheets balanced and ensure compliance with finance and tax regulations. But you’ll also get to visit the construction sites and witness the work and its impact firsthand.
“It’s a true joy to go out into the field and meet the veterans and their families,” Zeumer said. “You can shake a hand or give a hug to someone whose life is literally going to be changed by what you’re doing.”
Ready to be a homebuilder for veterans and civilians alike?
As an employee at PulteGroup, you’ll accelerate your career to new heights while honoring the sacrifices of our veterans in a powerful, tangible way.
PulteGroup doesn’t have any current accounting or finance openings, but you can still submit your resume for a future position. PulteGroup is always interested in talking to qualified finance and accounting professionals—especially if you have top-notch audit skills and you’d like to grow your career with a great company.