Building Homes for Heroes (BHFH), an organization that builds mortgage-free homes for military members injured in combat, hosted a surprise ceremony for a hero Monday afternoon at GEOINT 2018 in collaboration with Engility Corporation.
U.S. Air Force Captain Gabriel Gonzalez, a Tampa area resident, was announced as the home recipient. His mother, Miriam Gonzalez, was present on his behalf.
Gonzalez is a graduate of the University of Miami and joined the Air Force in 2009. He was injured in June 2017 while serving in Iraq, suffering severe injuries that compromised his mobility and speech. Gonzalez is currently recovering from his injuries at Tampa Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center. Among other honors, he has been awarded the Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and Air Force Achievement Medal.
Since 2013, Engility has donated more than $175,000 to BHFH.
“Almost a third of our workforce is veterans. And two out of four of our fundamental values for our company are determination and grit, and humble service,” said Lynn Dugle, Engility’s CEO, president, and chairman of the board. “[BHFH] honors people who have given that humble service. They have sacrificed for others, and they’ve shown that determination and grit. It’s a perfect match for our company to step in and do our part because these truly are our heroes.”
In addition to this reveal ceremony, Engility is planning a series of employee activities throughout the year to benefit BHFH.