Plantation Homes — in partnership with Operation FINALLY HOME — broke ground on a new, mortgage-free home for U.S. Army Specialist Daniel Dumas in a ceremony held Jan. 27 in Little Elm.
Dumas and his family discovered they would be the recipients of the custom home at a surprise ceremony in the master-planned community of Union Park where the home will be located.
The ceremony was attended by Congressman Michael Burgess and representatives of Plantation Homes, Operation FINALLY HOME, the Dallas Builders Association and Union Park developer Hillwood Communities.
Gary Tesch, president of McGuyer Homebuilders, Inc., parent company of Plantation Homes, said this is the builder’s first collaboration with Operation FINALLY HOME in the Dallas area.
“Plantation Homes has worked with this amazing organization on two other occasions,” Tesch said. “We are honored to again have the opportunity to give back to the American servicemen and women who have sacrificed so much to keep our nation safe. We are looking forward to the day when we can present the Dumas family with the key to their new home.”
The home at 5108 Shallow Pond Drive is the builder’s two-story Kilgore II floor plan. In deference to Dumas’s combat-related ailments, the builder replaced a media room with a secluded owners retreat. It is slated for a dedication ceremony in June.
Dumas joined the Army in 2009 as a medic. His unit deployed a few months later. It took fire on the first day. On the second day, following a meeting with the Afghan National Army, an ANA member opened fire on the group. Dumas was five feet away from the incident before the shooter was shot and killed. The events left him with PTSD and a sensitivity to loud noises.
He was discharged honorably in 2014 after receiving many commendations including the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Combat Medical Badge and several other awards.
Dumas now works full time as a claims adjuster for an insurance company while also attending college to complete a degree in business administration. He has a wife, Melissa, a young son, and one on the way due in May.
Plantation Homes builds in Dallas and Houston, garnering a number of state and national product design awards along the way. In addition to Union Park, the builder is active in 16 Dallas-area communities. For more information, visit www.plantationhomes.com.
Operation FINALLY HOME was established in 2005, partnering with builder associations, builders, developers, corporate sponsors, individual contributors, and volunteers to help military veterans and their families transition to the home front. For more information about Operation FINALLY HOME, visit www.operationfinallyhome.org.
About Plantation Homes
Plantation Homes is part of a group of companies including Coventry Homes and McGuyer Homebuilders, Inc. With a 30-year history in Texas, Plantation Homes currently builds in the state’s largest markets, including Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth. The builder has won numerous awards for its innovative product design, including local, state and national honors. For more information, visit www.plantationhomes.com.
About McGuyer Homebuilders, Inc.
Since its inception in 1988, McGuyer Homebuilders exceeds customers’ expectations through quality service, construction, and value. McGuyer Homebuilders offers its award-winning designs under its signature brands – Plantation Homes, Coventry Homes and Wilshire Homes in five markets across Texas. Celebrating 30 years as a Texas homebuilder, McGuyer Homebuilders builds thousands of homes annually and is honored as one of the top 30 homebuilding firms in the nation. For more information, visit www.mcguyerhomebuilders.com.