TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning, along with Chase, hosted Military Appreciation Night when the team took on the Edmonton Oilers this evening at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. As part of the celebrations involving U.S. military servicemen and women, Chase and the Military Warriors Support Foundation presented Tanner Kuth with a mortgage-free home in Holiday, FL.
Kuth enlisted in the U.S. Army just a few weeks before the tragic events of 9/11 and spent a year serving in Afghanistan. After leaving the Army to attend college, he decided to re-enlist to active duty. Kuth once again deployed to Afghanistan, but was seriously wounded as the result of an explosion and retired from the military in August 2011. Kuth, a native of Tennessee, is attending East Tennessee State University, studying International Affairs.
Chase has pledged to donate 1,000 mortgage-free homes to military veterans and their families through nonprofit partners by 2016. To date, 127 homes have been awarded in Florida. Presenting Kuth with the mortgage-free home was Karyn Phillips from the Military Warriors Support Foundation, Chase Market Manager Mike Gray, Army veteran Scott McLachlan and Lightning vice president of corporate and community affairs Dave Andreychuk.