A Veteran’s Day Tribute to our Homegrown Heroes

Today, we wanted to take the opportunity to recognize all of the homegrown heroes who dedicated their lives to protecting the sacred place we call home.

Home. It’s a safe place. A refuge. Today, as we observe Veteran’s Day, we wanted to take the opportunity to recognize all of the homegrown heroes who dedicated their lives to protecting the sacred place we call home.

We asked our network to submit photos of the veterans in their families.  Below is a Veteran’s Day tribute to our homegrown heroes. Thank you for your service and dedication.

"This is my Son Richard M. Rossetti - he is an active Marine stationed in Quantico, VA as an Air Traffic Controller. This Veterans Day I would like to send out a special thank you to him and all servicemen and women for their service and the sacrifices they make every day for this great country!"

“This is my Son Richard M. Rossetti – he is an active Marine stationed in Quantico, VA as an Air Traffic Controller. This Veterans Day I would like to send out a special thank you to him and all servicemen and women for their service and the sacrifices they make every day for this great country!” – Barbara Rossetti, Digital Products Support Specialist, Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC

Lt. Col. Lee R. Gaynor III, United States Air Force. He was a very proud man who loved his country." - Sean Blankenship, Chief Marketing Officer, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC

Last year, Sean Blankenship shared the great story of his grandfather Lt. Col. Lee R. Gaynor III, United States Air Force and his military service. “He was a very proud man who loved his country. ” – Sean Blankenship, Chief Marketing Officer, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC  

"My Dad, My Superhero!" - Mike Erlich, Affiliate Service Manager, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC

“My Dad, My Superhero!” – Mike Ehrlich, Affiliate Service Manager, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC

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“My Dad, Michael Lee and his twin brother [pictured below] are proud West Point graduates and U.S. Army veterans.”  – Victoria Keichinger, Brand Engagement Manager, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC  

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“My Dad’s twin brother (my uncle), Mitchell Lee, served in the US Army. He is now an active supporter of Ride2Recovery, a veteran’s organization dedicated to restoring hope and purpose through cycling-based programs. I’m so proud of the work he does, fundraising for this fantastic organization and riding hundreds of miles with his team.” – Victoria Keichinger, Brand Engagement Manager, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC

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“Here’s a photo of my grandmother’s brother Lorenzo, who was part of the “Borinqueneers”, who were mostly an all volunteer group of about 65,000 Puerto Ricans from the island who fought in WWII and the Korean War. He was killed during the Korean War.” – Gustavo Gonzalez, Consumer Engagement Manager, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC

"Rob Guzzo was honestly the funniest and most loving person I have ever met. There was nothing he could not do, from football to hockey to acting in movies. Rob had and still has more friends then anyone I know, if you met Rob you loved him from the first moment you met him! If he was your friend, he was your friend forever. I have never been treated with so much respect and unconditional love as I was when I with Rob. I miss him. Immediately after the attacks on the 9/11 Rob Guzzo Jr. decided to become a Navy SEAL and personally fight terrorism to protect all of us. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sadly, while in Iraq a bomb exploded next to Rob’s head and he suffered a turmeric brain injury and also PTSD after he came home from the War. Rob never let on how hurt he was and he made sure everyone in his life was happy and taken care of. However, on Veterans Day 2012, it all became too much for even Rob to endure and he took his life after suffering silently with PTSD and TBI. Now his family and friends do their best to help raise awareness for PTSD and TBI. Rob is survived by his 3 children, Jean Mae Guzzo, Kylee Guzzo and Robert Gage Guzzo; and his mohter Robin Anderson Guzzo and father Robert Guzzo Sr. My quote about Rob from the day I met him is: 'I just met an Angel on Earth' Love Always." - Holly Fetherlin, Coldwell Banker Real Estate

“Rob Guzzo was honestly the funniest and most loving person I have ever met. There was nothing he could not do, from football to hockey to acting in movies. Rob had and still has more friends then anyone I know, if you met Rob you loved him from the first moment you met him! If he was your friend, he was your friend forever. I have never been treated with so much respect and unconditional love as I was when I with Rob. I miss him. Immediately after the attacks on the 9/11 Rob Guzzo Jr. decided to become a Navy SEAL and personally fight terrorism to protect all of us. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sadly, while in Iraq a bomb exploded next to Rob’s head and he suffered a brain injury and also PTSD after he came home from the war. Rob never let on how hurt he was and he made sure everyone in his life was happy and taken care of. However, on Veterans Day 2012, it all became too much for even Rob to endure and he took his life after suffering silently with PTSD and TBI. Now his family and friends do their best to help raise awareness for PTSD and TBI.  My quote about Rob from the day I met him is: ‘I just met an Angel on Earth’ Love Always.” – Holly Fetherlin, Coldwell Banker Real Estate

"Mark Matzeldelaflor served with Rob Guzzo on SEAL Team 5 and was his roommate after they came back from the war. Mark is so intelligent and I am not just saying that, I mean he genius level intelligence. Mark has successfully started several businesses since coming home. He also works hard to help others along the way and he loves animals and he even rescued a pit bull named Black Jack. Mark still protects all of us on private missions when he is not running his companies. We are all lucky to have Mark in our lives." - Holly Fetherlin, Coldwell Banker Real Estate

“Mark Matzeldelaflor served with Rob Guzzo (above) on SEAL Team 5 and was his roommate after they came back from the war. Mark is so intelligent and I am not just saying that, I mean he genius level intelligence. Mark has successfully started several businesses since coming home. He also works hard to help others along the way and he loves animals. Mark still protects all of us on private missions when he is not running his companies. We are all lucky to have Mark in our lives.” – Holly Fetherlin, Coldwell Banker Real Estate

"Mike is one of my best friends and always makes me laugh. While in the military Mike was a Hospital Corpsman and Combat Medic, he was on the front lines saving soldiers lives in field. It is so amazing to me the terrible things he has seen yet he is the most loving and kind person you will ever meet. I am proud to know him and have him protecting us. I want to thank all three of these men and all our Veterans for being so selfless and for protect all of us and give us the amazing lives we have. Thank you for all you do every single day. We love you back." - Holly Fetherlin, Coldwell Banker Real Estate

“Mike is one of my best friends and always makes me laugh. While in the military, Mike was a Hospital Corpsman and Combat Medic, he was on the front lines saving soldiers lives in field. It is so amazing to me the terrible things he has seen yet he is the most loving and kind person you will ever meet. I am proud to know him and have him protecting us. I want to thank all three of these men and all our Veterans for being so selfless and for protect all of us and give us the amazing lives we have. Thank you for all you do every single day. We love you back.” – Holly Fetherlin, Coldwell Banker Real Estate

"My cousin Elizabeth who is a current Army Reservist who just recently returned from a year-long tour in the middle east." - Gustavo Gonzalez, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC

“My cousin Elizabeth who is a current Army Reservist who just recently returned from a year-long tour in the middle east.” – Gustavo Gonzalez, Consumer Engagement Manager, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC

This is my cousin who served in the US Army from Jan 1979 - Jun 1992 in Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, Ft. Lee, Virginia, Korea Ft. Polk Louisiana, Germany, Ft. Hood Texas, Hawaii.  Thank you for your service!" - Marlene Fernandez, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC

“This is my cousin, Daniel Almonte, who served in the US Army from Jan 1979 – Jun 1992 (Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, Ft. Lee, Virginia, Korea, Ft. Polk Louisiana, Germany, Ft. Hood Texas, and Hawaii). Then, later as a US Government Contractor in the Gulf War – Kuwait (Mar 2003 – Apr 2007) and in Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan (Apr 2009 – Jun 2011). Thank you for your service!” – Marlene Fernandez, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC

"This pic is of my Son, his Son and I the morning he was deploying this past July. His name is Alexander Brown and he in the U.S. Navy, currently out in the Arabian Gulf on the USS Higgins." - Cindy Spencley, National Marketing Director, Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC

“This pic is of my Son, his Son and I the morning he was deploying this past July. His name is Alexander Brown and he in the U.S. Navy, currently out in the Arabian Gulf on the USS Higgins.” – Cindy Spencley, National Marketing Director, Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC

Victoria Keichinger is the Director, Brand Marketing for Coldwell Banker Real Estate. When she's not managing national media and advertising for the Coldwell Banker brand at work, she finds herself most at home in Jersey City, NJ with her pre-school crush turned spouse (and baby on the way). A true francophile, she loves to travel and will go anywhere there are ski slopes.

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