After losing their father to war and then their mother to health problems, these four Gold Star siblings won’t have to worry about losing their home.
Tampa Bay Newswire reports, “National homebuilder PulteGroup’s Built to Honor® program, in partnership with the national non-profit Building Homes for Heroes,®, turned over the keys to a brand-new, fully-furnished, mortgage-free townhome to 22-year-old Nazeraeh Montrond and her three younger siblings at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, August 25 at the Centex community of Wesley Reserve at Chapel Crossings in Wesley Chapel.”
The four siblings lost their father, Army Sergeant Alberto Montrond, in 2006 while he was serving in Afghanistan during one of his numerous deployments in special forces. An IED detonated near his Humvee.
Then, in 2021, they became orphans when their mother, Christl, died after battling multiple health problems. Since then, now 22-year-old Nazeraeh has been caring for her two younger brothers and sister while also managing a full-time job and full-time college course load in Health Sciences.
“‘The story of Nazeraeh and her siblings has touched all of us,’ said Sean Strickler, President of the West Florida Division of PulteGroup. ‘Everyone involved in this project knows what having this new home means for the family.
“‘We’re so proud to be involved, and we hope Naz, her brothers and sister make many new memories in their new home.'”
Nazeraeh told WFTS she’s happy not to have to move again. The family has had to move every two years which involved switching schools and a lot of heartache.
“Now my brother gets to finish two years of high school, my sister all of high school, and my brother all of middle and high school. That’s more than I could as[k] for,” said Nazeraeh.
The eldest is open about the negative impact of losing her parents but she doesn’t want that to define her family. “I don’t want that to be the end. There’s so much light. There’s so much life!”
“The Montrond family’s new 1,762 square-foot, two-story townhome features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a one-car garage.” The home included special decorative touches and even some surprising gifts like tablets.
The day made all the more special because it would have been their mom’s birthday.
“I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart,” Nazeraeh says.
But it’s the citizens of their country who are expressing gratitude now to a family whose father made the ultimate sacrifice so we can be safe in our homes.
It’s only right that his children should know they’ll always have a home and that there are still people watching over them who care.