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U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and Family Celebrate New Mortgage-Free Home During Special Groundbreaking Ceremony Tuesday (July 28)

 VANDALIA, Ohio (July 24, 2020) – Operation FINALLY HOME, JM Dungan Custom Homes and the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Dayton, will join U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Aaron Zurn and his family to celebrate a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the family’s future mortgage-free home Tuesday (July 28) at 10 a.m. ET. The community is invited to attend this small, socially-distanced event and welcome Aaron and his family to their new neighborhood – please wear a mask to comply with current COVID ordinances. The groundbreaking will take place at the homesite (896 Old Springfield Road, Vandalia, Ohio 45377).

U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Aaron Zurn and his family were originally surprised with the news they will be receiving a custom-built, mortgage-free home during halftime at the Fordham vs. Dayton basketball game on February 2, 2020, in the UD Arena. Rusty Carroll, Executive Director of Operation FINALLY HOME, Josh Dungan, with JM Dungan Custom Homes and Erika Deady, Vice President of the HBA of Dayton, presented the Zurns with a symbolic key following the announcement.

About U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Aaron Zurn

U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Aaron Zurn of Vandalia, Ohio, valiantly served his country for more than 10 years. 

Zurn began his service with two tours in Iraq as a U.S. Marine Corps Rifleman. On his first deployment to Fallujah, Zurn witnessed a fellow Marine killed by a rocket-propelled grenade within 10 minutes of arrival. That introduction, and the fierce fighting the Marines faced in Fallujah, still impact his life today.  In 2010, Zurn sought a new challenge and reenlisted as a “jump qualified” Marine Special Operations Forces (MARSOF) operator. Zurn deployed twice with MARSOF, and his company was frequently exposed to heavy enemy fire, ambush and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). During his final deployment, Zurn fell out of a helicopter and was knocked unconscious, resulting in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). He medically retired in 2016.

Zurn suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), bilateral hearing loss, knee injuries and other injuries from being a paratrooper. For his service, Zurn received awards including two Combat Action Ribbons, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Accommodation Medal with a Bronze V, Marine Corps Commendation Medal and more.

Prior to enlisting, Zurn married his middle-school sweetheart, Brittany, who serves as his primary caregiver. Together, they have three children along with a service dog and enjoy history, photography, watching movies and traveling together.

About Operation FINALLY HOME | Based in New Braunfels, Texas, Operation FINALLY HOME was established in 2005 as a nonpartisan/nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to provide homes and home modifications to America’s military heroes and widows of the fallen. In 2020, Operation FINALLY HOME is celebrating 15 years honoring heroes with homes, and recently launched its 200th project. Operation FINALLY HOME partners with corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, remodelers, developers, individual contributors and volunteers to help these heroes and their families by addressing one of their most pressing needs – a place to call home. For more information about Operation FINALLY HOME, visit, follow @OpFINALLYHOME on Twitter and find us on Facebook.

About JM Dungan Custom Homes | JM Dungan Custom Homes has been prevalent in new home construction in the greater Dayton area for over 45 years. “Building to Improve Your Quality of Life” is a business philosophy that has been in the Dungan family since 1969. A third generation company, we are committed to creating “lifestyles” by building homes that fit the needs of our customers for whatever stage of life they are in. Our new homes are built with quality products and contractors, offering both energy efficiency as well as personal comfort. JM Dungan Custom Homes is committed to making our client’s custom home building experience a pleasurable one. Check out our homes at

About HBA of Dayton | Founded in 1942, the Home Builders Association of Dayton has worked to build a better Dayton and make the American dream attainable for many homeowners throughout the Dayton region. The mission of the Home Builders Association of Dayton is to make the Dayton region more attractive to businesses and residents, providing superior value in home ownership by promoting industry standards; educating our members and the community; marketing members’ capabilities; and advocating responsible development.  Visit for more information.

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