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"My sister's a veteran of the first Gulf War," says Tim. "My uncle was a Vietnam veteran and my grandfather was a World War II veteran. I've always felt a deep sense of respect and obligation to our troops. Being able to reward them for their dedicated work with a new home is even more rewarding for us. It feels so good to give back to them, and to have the opportunity to entertain them is something I'm honored to do."
Brashears, whose new home is located in Rockford, Ill., spent 18 years in the U.S. Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserves with tours in Germany and Iraq. "I'm so grateful for organizations like this," says Brashears, who retired in 2008 after being injured while on active duty. "Life has been challenging since I retired and this house is a welcome blessing to my family."
HomeFront is giving away 25 homes, one for each stop of the Brothers of the Sun tour. After Chicago, the 'brothers' are headed to Minneapolis, Minn., on Sunday (July 8). Find a full list of tour dates here.