Two Utah Gold Star Families Get Their Mortgages Paid for Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation paid off the mortgages on the West Valley home of Army Staff Sergeant Paul Olmstead and the Farr West home of Army Maj. looks like Brad Funk.

“Gold Star families” are the spouses, siblings, children, parents or other relatives of someone who died in service to our country.

Olmstead joined the Utah National Guard in 2016 and later served as a special forces engineer sergeant.

He leaves behind his wife, Danaya, and two children.

Air Force Maj. Brad Funk died May 1, 2008, when his T-38 aircraft crashed at Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, Texas.

The statement said “Major Funk logged 1,689 total flight hours throughout his service, including more than 80 hours of combat time over Iraq.”

He is survived by his wife Jennifer and their three daughters.

According to the release, “The Tunnel to Towers Gold Star family home program honors the legacy of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in serving our country by paying off the mortgage or providing surviving spouses and young children with mortgage-free homes. “.

“This Memorial Day is the first time in 20 years that American service members have not been in danger on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. These conflicts are over, but families still face the loss of husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters. I ask all Americans to take a minute to think about these heroes and their families who have sacrificed so much over the past two decades,” said Frank Siller, President and CEO of Tunnel to Towers.

To learn more about the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and its commitment, visit

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