PORT SAINT LUCIE – Gene and Kathi Sandburg, parents of fallen Petty Officer Brendon Sandburg, will be the second local family to receive a mortgage-free home as part of the PSL Gold Star Family Home Giveaway.
Coordinated by the Neighborhood Services Department, GL HOMES will build a mortgage-free, 2,435-square-foot home. The City donated the lot to the selected family which was vetted through St. Lucie County’s Veterans Service Division. GL HOMES is constructing a two-bedroom, two-bathroom, two-car garage home, which also includes a den, which will be completed in July 2022 and then donated to the Sandburg family.
“Partnerships like this are rare, and the City is incredibly fortunate to be in the position to offer a second home to another local Gold Star Family who made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Carmen Capezzuto, Port St. Lucie’s Neighborhood Services Director. “Thanks to GL Homes, the City Council and team can extend the American dream of homeownership to the Sandburg family, an amazing couple, who have been so humble and gracious throughout this lengthy process.”
“Kathi and Gene Sandburg’s son, Brendon, made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” said GL Homes Division President of St. Lucie County Ryan Courson. “GL Homes hopes the house we build for this Gold Star Family provides comfort, security and healing.”
The home will be in the Woodland Trails neighborhood at 4602 SW Inagua St. in Port St. Lucie, Florida 34953. They’ll live just two houses away from the Heintz family, Lisa, and her two sons, Dierk and Dominik, the recipients of the inaugural PSL’s Gold Star Family Home Giveaway. On March 10, 2021, the Heintz family received the keys to their new home, with a payment-free, 25-year forgivable mortgage constructed by Synergy Homes.
Recognizing a home requires essential furnishing, the Believe with Me Foundation will decorate and furnish the entire home. Those interested can follow construction updates at: www.cityofpsl.com/veterans
The City of Port St. Lucie and GL HOMES will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, at 10 a.m. at 4602 SW Inagua St., Port St. Lucie, Florida 34953. Attendees are asked to follow police officer direction and park along Inagua Street and Aachen Avenue.
Petty Officer Sandburg, a Naval Hospital Corpsman, was assigned to Branch Medical Clinic, Yuma, Ariz., when he perished in a Search and Rescue helicopter training exercise Aug. 16, 2007. In recognition of his numerous military achievements, Petty Officer Sandburg was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; the Navy Expeditionary Medal; the Combat Action Ribbon; the Army Achievement Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Two Navy Good Conduct Medals; the National Defense Service Medal; three Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbons; and the Navy Expert Pistol and Expert Rifleman Medals.
About GL HOMES:For more than 40 years, GL HOMES has specialized in building new luxury homes, 55-plus communities and family-oriented communities in the most sought-after locations on Florida’s east and west coasts. You can depend on amazing quality and amenities in your GL HOMES community. Our homes are located near top-rated schools, endless entertainment, beautiful beaches, shopping, dining and the best of what Florida has to offer. As you walk through our incredibly decorated model homes, you can see the difference in quality and excellence.
About Believe with Me Foundation: Believe with Me Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to Bringing Hope and Help to America’s Gold Star Families. A Gold Star Family has lost a loved one in the service of our nation’s military. Believe with Me serves all manner of military death killed In action, killed In training, PTSD suicide and cancer-related deaths to exposures during military service.
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