$10,000 HAVEN grant helps Texas Army veteran repair his home

SAN ANTONIO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–During his more than 10-year military career, U.S. Army veteran Daniel Geiger discovered that the physical demands of his job had exacerbated an undiagnosed genetic condition.

Working as a construction vehicle mechanic and nurse in the US Army took its toll. He developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and claustrophobia and was medically discharged after being diagnosed with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS) – a genetic connective tissue disorder. The small enclosed shower in the family’s master bathroom triggered Mr. Geiger’s PTSD and the old tile floor was difficult to maintain due to shoulder damage from hEDS.

“My shoulder tore off after my first deployment to Afghanistan,” Geiger said. “I’m 32 and my doctor told me I looked like the body of a 72-year-old skydiver.” During his military career, he made two deployments to Afghanistan.

Now Mr. Geiger and his family have an updated bathroom with new, easy-to-clean floors, a larger shower that doesn’t induce claustrophobia, and new sinks. The modifications were funded by a $10,000 Housing Assistance for Veterans (HAVEN) grant from First National Bank Texas (FNBT) and Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas).

Representatives of FNBT and FHLB Dallas joined Mr. Geiger on Wednesday at his home for a check presentation ceremony.

HAVEN funds help make necessary modifications to the homes of U.S. veterans and active duty, reserve, or National Guard members who have become disabled as a result of military service since September 11, 2001. Alternatively, the funds may be awarded to Gold Star families who have been impacted during this period for home repairs/rehabilitations. A recently announced pilot program also allows funds to be used for down payment and closing cost assistance.

“It got to the point where I had to take anxiety medication to get into our old shower,” Mr Geiger said. “We had a contractor at home to get an estimate for the project, and he told us about the HAVEN program. We applied and within a month and a half we had been approved and work was underway.

April Niswonger, assistant vice president of FNBT, said it was especially meaningful to award the grant to the Geiger family.

“By using the HAVEN grant, we have the opportunity to help the men and women who have served our country, and that is a priority for us,” she said.

Greg Hettrick, senior vice president and director of community investment at FHLB Dallas, said HAVEN is a unique program because it specifically reaches select military veterans and their families.

“We are honored to have helped the Geiger family through our partnership with FNBT and the HAVEN program,” he said.

For more information about HAVEN, visit our website at fhlb.com/haven.

About First National Bank Texas

First National Bank Texas (FNBT) is committed to providing its customers with quality financial products and services. The bank was founded in 1901 in the town of Killeen, Central Texas, and has grown to more than $3.7 billion in assets and operates in more than 340 locations in Texas, Arizona, Arkansas and New Mexico.

About Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas

Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas is one of 11 district banks in the FHLBank system established by Congress in 1932. FHLB Dallas, with total assets of $77.7 billion as of June 30, 2022, serves approximately 800 members and associated institutions in our five-state district of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas. FHLB Dallas offers financial products and services, including advances (loans to members) and grant programs for affordable housing and economic development. For more information visit our website at fhlb.com.

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