About the Founder

Dan Wallrath was a custom home builder in Texas for 30 years. In that time he served on numerous boards within the building industry, including the board of directors of the National Association of Home Builders, Texas Association of Builders and the Greater Houston Builders Association, and he was president of the Bay Area Builders Association. Dan was also recognized as the “Custom Builder of the Year” by the Greater Houston Builders Association and the Bay Area Builders Association.

Following a request to remodel the home of a wounded Marine in 2005, Dan was able to work with his community and provide the home to the family at no cost.  Dan then founded Operation FINALLY HOME, a nonprofit organization providing custom-built, mortgage free homes to military heroes and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed much to defend our country’s freedoms and way of life.  Dan was named a CNN Hero in 2010 and was the guest of honor of Marine Corps Commandant General James F. Amos at the Marine Corps Sunset Parade hosted at the War Memorial in Washington, D.C.in 2013. He was also featured in a CNN documentary about Operation FINALLY HOME in December 2013.

In 2016, Dan published “Building Hope: What Happens When God Changes Our Plans to Accomplish His” which is the story of Dan’s journey as he followed his call to serve America’s military heroes, starting with a team of one and growing to lead one of the nation’s most respected non-profit organizations serving U.S. veterans. This inspirational memoir reveals how stepping out in faith turned into a lifetime commitment to build homes for those who have sacrificed while wearing America’s uniform in defense of our freedoms and our way of life. Building Hope is available on Amazon.