Veteran receives free home from local homebuilder

United States Army Sergeant William McCoy. [Bryan Mordt]

A U.S. Army veteran and his family call Maricopa their new home after they received a mortgage-free house Wednesday morning from a homebuilder as thanks for his service. 

U.S. Army Sergeant William McCoy and his family took ownership of the home from PulteGroup’s Built to Honor program.  

A crowd gathered along North Cypress Lane in Santa Rosa Crossings at about 10 a.m., as the dedication ceremony for the McCoy family began.  

McCoy was accompanied by his wife, Linda; their son, Solomon, and their two dogs.“I am grateful for the opportunity that all of us have today to demonstrate our appreciation for (McCoy’s) incredible service,” said PulteGroup Arizona Division President Rebecca Lundberg. 

“Over the course of his nine-year career in the military, Sergeant McCoy served three tours of duty, two to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. Welcome home.” 

McCoy gave thanks to everyone and explained that his service is something his family always has done. 

“It’s been a tradition in my family to serve. My grandfather served, his son served, and now here I am,” McCoy said. “My mom didn’t want to see me go. She tried to bribe me with a car. I left anyways and now I’ve got a home.” 

View a photo gallery of the ceremony below.