U.S. Navy Veteran Wally Ray will receive the keys to his newly renovated home in Columbus, GA. The home is being donated mortgage-free by the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP) in partnership with Bank of America.

Wallace Ray served in the Navy from 1981-1987. During his time in service to our country, he faced many challenges and hardships that were never spoken about. Decades later, Wally is a single father to his adopted son, and sole guardian and care giver for his disabled brother.

Wally has worked hard his entire life to provide for his family, but it has not come easy. “You have no idea what this will do for my family,” says Ray, “You are pulling us out of the quicksand; I can finally breathe.”


Wallace Ray, U.S. Navy veteran and home recipient Tori Sydow, Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals

Chad Cunningham, Senior Vice President; Consumer Banking Region Executive, Bank of America


As part of Bank of America’s efforts to help revitalize communities and support the housing needs of those who have served and sacrificed for our nation, the company has donated more than 2,300 homes nationwide to military veteran-support charities and other nonprofit, community-based organizations.

This donation is made possible through a partnership with USA Homeownership Foundation, Inc. DBA Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals, which works with financial institutions such as Bank of America to support its House a Vet initiative.

To learn more about Bank of America’s support of our service members and veterans, visit bankofamerica.com/militarysupport

Established in 2011, the USA Homeownership Foundation, Inc. DBA Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP) is a nonprofit 501c.3 organization dedicated to increasing sustainable homeownership, financial literacy education and economic opportunity for the active military and veteran communities. Visit VAREP.net (http://www.varep.net/) for more information.

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