Athens Review, Athens, Texas

September 13, 2013

Wounded veteran in Tool with mortgage-free home

Kathi Nailling
The Athens Review

Athens — Tony Biernacki, a wounded veteran, will be making his home in Tool. Biernacki was selected to receive a mortgage-free home. 

The home to Biernacki from the  Military Warriors Support Foundation was a foreclosed home located in the Wildwood Acres subdivision in Tool. The 2,392 square-foot,  2-story 4-bedroom, 2-bath  home, located on a 1-acre lot, was made possible for Biernacki and his family by Wells Fargo along with Premierre Asset Service.

Local real estate  agents Jill Browne and Debra Holland got the home ready for the veteran.  Browne was asked to get the property move-in ready. She first had to get  a home inspection to identify any issued with the property. She was also asked to make sure there were appliances, including a washer and dryer. The home was painted and a porch was built on the front and back of the home.  The home is ready for the Biernacki family.

Wells Fargo Company, along with Premiere Asset Services, partnered with two national non-profit organizations, Military Warriors Support Foundation and Operation Homefront, to provide the house for the Biernacki family.

Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit,  that provides emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors.

Military Warriors Support Foundation awards mortgage-free homes to wounded heroes injured during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The homes are for families who have severe and/or unique circumstances due to their injuries received while serving our country.

For veterans to receive a home from Military Warriors Support Foundation, you must be a combat-wounded veteran (Purple Heart recipient preferred) of Operation Enduring freedom and/or Operation Iraqi Freedom. The veteran must be honorably-retired or separated from the military. Those with compelling situations, who are less than 90 days from retirement or separation, may be considered and  must not currently have a mortgage. 

For information about Military Warriors Support Foundation, go to it's website at

Members of the Wells Fargo team were on-hand to give the keys to the new tenant. Joe Stroop, Sam Noell and Gary Pfleiger, representing Wells Fargo, traveled from Fort Worth Thursday to turn the keys over the the tenants of the home.

Pfleiger, Vice President, at Walls Fargo, is also President of the Veterans Team Member Network Chapter. He had his wife Sirkku along for the occasion.

The Biernacki family was not available to move into their new home due to a family emergency with one of their children.  Vice President, Communications at Wells Fargo Joe Stroop said the house is ready for the family when they are ready.

Biernacki who has been living in New Jersey is ready to return to Texas.