We have a Winner!
We are excited to announce the winner of the 2017 Operation Christmas Comfort, Cpl. Pablo P. Uriegas.
Nominated by his daughter Jo Ann Martinez, Mr. Uriegas' story touched our hearts and we are delighted to be able to deliver a big Christmas surprise to such a deserving San Antonio area Veteran.
With lifelong injuries that resulted from stepping on a land mine during Vietnam, Mr. Uriegas has battled a variety of health challenges and disabilities over the last four and a half decades.|
His home had never had a central HVAC system installed and he struggled through hot Texas summers using only ceiling fans and window units, which can be very expensive to operate. The winters were equally difficult with trying to heat his entire home using only a wall heater located in the hallway. On especially cold days, his family resorted to using the stove and oven to compensate which can present dangerous conditions.
Today, Mr. Uriegas is receiving a new 3 ton, two stage air conditioning system that will properly heat and cool his entire home and dramatically reduce his monthly electric bill. We have also engineered a brand new duct system for his home as none existed previously. We are also installing an air filtration system and UV lights to continuously purify the air in his home. His attic will also be filled with R38 installation to maximize the effiency of his air conditioning system throughout the year.
In addition, we are replacing a 20 year old water heater, installing Nest Protect smoke/carbon monoxide alarms and upgrading his electrical panel to properly support his home and new AC system.
We want to thank everyone who participated in this year's event and thank you to all Veterans who have selflessly served our country and fought for our freedoms. We are eternally grateful and wish you a very merry Christmas!
Click here to view the 2018 Nomination Form