Iraq veteran, family moving into Pasco home donated by Wells Fargo

By the Herald staffMay 17, 2014 

PASCO -- An Iraq veteran and his family will be living in a Pasco home donated by Wells Fargo and the Military Warriors Support Foundation.

Retired Sgt. Charles Aikala was given the keys to the 1,660-square-foot home for his family, including his wife and three children.

The donation is part of a program that gives homes mortgage-free to veterans with combat injuries to help them re-enter civilian life.

Aikala served in the U.S. military from 1995 through 2011. He was deployed to Iraq in 2004 as an infantryman with the Army Reserves and was wounded by a blast from an improvised explosive device during an intense firefight in May 2005.

He has received numerous awards, including a Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge and Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Stars.

"We hope Sgt. Aikala and his family will enjoy their new home and that it contributes to improving his quality of life after all he has done for our country," said Cameron Stephens, Wells Fargo district manager.

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