CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A second West Virginia military veteran will be given a free home as part of the Military Warriors Support Foundation, and will be formally presented with the gift at Saturday's Marshall University home game.
The mortgage-free home will be given to Retired Cpl. Anton Slobodnik and his family, which includes his wife, Diana and their children, sons Anton and Morgan and a daughter, Evelyn, according to a press release sent by the foundation.
The home will be funded in part by Ticketmaster and Chase Bank.
Slobodnik was a participant in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was injured during combat operations on two separate occasions, and he received two Purple Hearts as a result. He has also been given other military awards, including Slobodnik also has been awarded: Combat Infantryman Badge, Iraq Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, an Army Service Ribbon, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and a National Defense Service Medal.
When Slobodnik was injured the second time, he was returned to the United States and to his family. He plans on attend a higher education institution to become a metalsmith.
The non-profit Military Warriors Support Foundation assists wounded veterans and their families with housing and homeownership, employment, recreational activities and travel assistance. In May, the foundation gave its first West Virginia home at a ceremony in Charleston to veteran Bruce Burgess, a Martinsburg resident.
The ceremony for Slobodnik's new home will take place during pre-game festivities before the Herd's noon game against the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers.For more information about the Military Warriors Support Foundation, visit www.militarywarriors.org.