HOUSTON, Nov. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Injured U.S. Army veteran Israel "Izzy" Raylan Hillyer got the surprise of his life today as he watched the Houston Texans square off against the New York Jets — a new mortgage-free home in the King Crossing community of Katy, Texas.
Hillyer, a former Army sergeant first class who served more than 20 years in Special Forces, received many commendations for his valiant service. Now, he and his family will receive a new home from FMC Technologies and its partners — the Texans, Operation FINALLY HOME, and PulteGroup's Built to Honor program.
"FMC Technologies has a special responsibility to the selfless men and women who have served, and continue to serve, in the U.S. armed forces," said John Gremp, Chairman and CEO of FMC Technologies. "Our company and our country are stronger for their dedication, loyalty, and commitment, and we are proud to partner with the Houston Texans to recognize their service."
Donating a custom-built home "is one way we can say 'thank you' to the brave men and women of our military, and their families, for sacrificing so much to defend our freedom and values," said Jamey Rootes, Houston Texans President. "It is an honor to partner with FMC Technologies and Operation FINALLY HOME on this life-changing project."
In addition to its role in donating the Hillyers' new home, FMC Technologies presents a game ball to a selected service member at every Texans preseason and regular home game and donates $10,000 to one of three charitable organizations that support the military. That's $100,000 over the course of the football season, divided among the USO, the Wounded Warrior Project, and the Lone Star Veterans Association.
FMC Technologies has a long history of supporting and actively recruiting veterans. Nearly 5 percent of the company's Houston employees are veterans, and more than 25 percent of its field service technicians are vets. In addition to recruiting service members, FMC Technologies takes great care of its employee reservists and their families while they are deployed and maintains a Military Veterans Network to support veterans and help them network with each other.
GI Jobs named FMC Technologies one of the country's top 50 military-friendly employers, and the company received the U.S. Defense Department's Freedom Award, the government's highest recognition of companies that support National Guard and Reserve activities beyond the requirements of federal law.
About FMC Technologies
FMC Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: FTI) is the global market leader in subsea systems and a leading provider of technologies and services to the oil and gas industry. We help our customers overcome their most difficult challenges, such as improving shale and subsea infrastructures and operations to reduce cost, maintain uptime, and maximize oil and gas recovery. Named by Forbes® Magazine as one of the World's Most Innovative Companies in 2013, the company has approximately 18,500 employees and operates 24 production facilities in 14 countries. Visit www.fmctechnologies.com or follow us on Twitter @FMC_Tech for more information.
About Houston Texans
The Houston Texans were announced as the NFL's 32nd franchise on Oct. 6, 1999 thanks to a city-wide effort spearheaded by local businessman and franchise founder and owner Robert C. McNair. The Texans have since evolved into Forbes Magazine's 12th most valuable professional sports franchise in the world with an estimated value of $1.45 billion and are annually among the Houston Chronicle's Top 100 places to work in the city. The Houston Texans are the only expansion team to have won its first game, defeating Dallas 19-10 on Sept. 8, 2002, and have sold out every preseason, regular season and postseason game in franchise history. The Texans won AFC South division titles in 2011 and 2012. The organization has donated more than $23 million back to the community through the Houston Texans Foundation. NRG Stadium, the NFL's first retractable-roof stadium, is the home of the Texans and the world's largest indoor HD videoboards at more than 14,000 square feet apiece.
About Operation FINALLY HOME
Operation FINALLY HOME was established in 2005 as a nonpartisan/nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. In 2015, Operation FINALLY HOME is celebrating 10 years of providing custom-built, mortgage-free homes to America's military heroes and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedom and values. Operation FINALLY HOME partners with corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, developers, individual contributors, and volunteers to help America's military heroes and their families transition to the home front by addressing one of their most pressing needs — a home to call their own. To find out more, visit OperationFinallyHome.org.
About Built to Honor™
PulteGroup's Built to Honor™ program was launched in 2013 to recognize and thank returning military personnel who have been injured during their term of service by providing mortgage-free homes to veterans and their families. Built to Honor works in partnership with nonprofit organizations, such as Operation FINALLY HOME, to identify veteran candidates. For more information, visit www.pultegroupinc.com.
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