Freedom Alliance, a nonprofit organization supporting military service members and their families in conjunction with U.S. Bank, is presenting a mortgage-free home in Owensboro to an injured service member this Veterans Day.
Retired Master Sergeant Ed Hawk is being honored with this home after serving 22 years in the Army. He is also the recipient of two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. Hawk and his wife Amy have six adult children between the two of them and together, have fostered more than 150 children since marrying in 2004. They have also adopted three foster children, two of which, ages 7 and 13, have special-needs.
This is one of four nationwide home donations taking place by Freedom Alliance and U.S. Bank on Veterans Day – two in the Cleveland area, one near St. Louis, Missouri.
Hawk, 48, enlisted in the U.S. Army at 18. His first deployment was Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in Iraq. In 1995, he deployed to Haiti with the 82nd Airborne followed by stationing in Alaska for a brief period before his return to Fort Benning as a U.S. Army Ranger Instructor for two years. Military service continued and in late 2002, he redeployed to Iraq for one year to support Iraqi Freedom, receiving a Purple Heart for his wounds received during service. He also served at Kentucky’s Fort Campbell as an Operations Sergeant for Operation Iraqi Freedom and as a Company First Sergeant during Operation Enduring Freedom before his retirement in March 2011.
He is currently receiving medical treatment for combat-related injuries.
The family is relocating from Chapman, Kan., where Hawk works in heating and air services and Amy is a military contractor.