Marine gets a new home without paying a dime

Veteran receives home for free. (WDTN Kris Sproles)
Veteran receives home for free. (WDTN Kris Sproles)

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – A retired Marine is the proud, new owner of a home in Kettering and he didn’t pay a dime for it.

Military Warriors Support Foundation and Bank of America joined the community to honor Corporal Drew Kalis with the keys to a mortgage-free home Friday.

Kalis was injured in an explosion while serving in Iraq. He received many awards of distinction including the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal.

Kalis and his fiancee, Kate, are proud to call Kettering home. In fact, they are getting married Saturday.

They applied for the chance to own the home. They found out they were chosen while attending the Country Concert in Ft. Loramie Thursday evening.

Kalis plans to complete a paramedic program and earn a nursing degree.

Bank of America surpassed its goal to donate 1,000 properties to nonprofits supporting military service members and their families. It works closely with the Military Warriors Support Foundation and other nonprofits

This was the 43rd house given away in Ohio, the second one in the Miami Valley. A house was given away in Tipp City last year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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