First published as a media release in March 2021.
Advantage has built its first home for a local veteran and his family through the Advantage for Veterans program.
Chad Keune and the rest of the Advantage team worked with local sponsors to help create a home in North Liberty for Army veteran Rusty Bromwell, his wife, Erin, and their family.
“It’s always very touching to have people come up to you and tell you: thank you for your service,” Rusty said. “But when Advantage came along and put this program into place, they not only said thank you, but they put into action their thanks by providing this beautiful home for Erin and me. We are just very deeply grateful to them.”
Keune and Advantage Director of Finance and Operations Kim Miller said it was a pleasure to work on the project.
“We have supported veterans in many ways in the past, “ Keune said. “But we always wanted to build a home for a veteran. So when Rusty and Erin came along, it seemed like a great time to bring partners together and make this happen.”
A number of area businesses helped contribute to the first Advantage for Veterans project, including ABC Supply, Arctic Insulation, Beisser Lumber, Blake Hershberger, Brian Roller Construction, Cedar Rapids Millwork, Cobra Electric, Comfort Solutions, Freeman Construction, Huber Engineered Materials, OnCENTER Engineered Lumber, PSC Distribution, S&R Construction, Scott Buckley Construction, Slager Appliances, Space Options, Studio H2O, Stull Drywall, Timberline Design, and Sean McIntyre and The Bails Team at Urban Acres Real Estate.
“It’s been an exciting project for us to be involved in,” Keune said. “It’s something our team will never forget because of being able to work so closely with Rusty and build in the unique accessibility features the family needed. We hope they enjoy their home for many years to come.”