Family Buys Home Through Veteran Intiative

Ieesha, a veteran who toured Afghanistan, pictured here with her husband Bryan Joseph and daughter Catelyn.

Ieesha, a veteran who toured Afghanistan, pictured here with her husband Bryan Joseph and daughter Catelyn.

Ieesha Flowers of Sanford, Florida is one of the 1.9 million living female veterans rebuilding her life as a civilian. A former Military Police Officer, Flowers served in Afghanistan where she was injured nine months into her deployment, sustaining injuries to her back, collar bone and causing a concussion. She served two years in the Army before her medical discharge.

Florida has the third largest population of female veterans in the country with more than 166,000. Veterans returning home face a myriad of challenges, from reintegrating into their communities to joining the workforce. Habitat for Humanity's Veteran Initiative works to build, mobilize, employ, educate, and honor those who have sacrificed so much for our country. 

On June 29th, sponsors, local volunteers and family members rallied around the Joseph-Flowers family to welcome them  home. Combined, the couple performed over 300 hours of sweat equity by building their home and attending home-buyer education courses. 

"It is overwhelming.  It is really nice.  I am really grateful," Ieesha shared as her family finally received the keys to the new home.

Ieesha is currently studying Accounting at Seminole State College. Bryan has his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and works in tech support. They have two daughters, Catelyn (2) and Peyton (3 months).