THE WOODLANDS DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, HELPINGAHERO.ORG PROGRAM AND OTHERS BREAK GROUND ON NEW HOME FOR WOUNDED VETERAN

Helping a HeroThe HelpingaHero.org Foundation, a wounded hero home program; The Woodlands Development Company (TWDC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC); Chesmar Homes and Woodforest National Bank recently broke ground on a new home for U.S. Army Major Will Lyles (Ret.).

The new 2,800-square-foot home will be built by Chesmar Homes on a new home site, donated by The Woodlands Development Company, in the neighborhood of Almondell in The Woodlands’ May Valley. The one-story home will feature four bedrooms and three baths and is fully handicap accessible. The home is expected to be complete in May 2014.

In 2010 during a fire fight, Lyles stepped on a pressure plate IED, leaving him a bilateral amputee above the knees.  He has earned three Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts.  Currently, he is working towards a degree in medicine.

HelpingaHero.org is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which provides support and resources for military personnel severely injured in the war on terror. The organization helps build specially adapted homes for wounded heroes and their families. HelpingaHero.org is the second largest national organization of its kind.

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Executives from HelpingaHero.org, The Woodlands Development Company (TWDC), Chesmar Homes and Woodforest National Bank break ground on a new home for U.S. Army Major Will Lyles (Ret.), who was left a double amputee during combat.  Pictured from left to right are Scott Merovitch, Chesmar Homes Houston Division President; Tim Welbes, Co-President of TWDC; SrA Brandon Byers, USAF (Ret.), Executive Director of HelpingaHero.org;  General Tommy Franks, USA (Ret.); Major Will Lyles (Ret.); Kim Marling, Executive Director and Vice President of Woodforest National Bank Foundation; and Meredith Iler, National Chairman and Founder of the HelpingaHero.org Home Program.