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Royal Oaks Building Group to Honor Operation: Coming Home Veteran at UNC Football Game Sept. 29

North Carolina Homebuilder to Recognize Hero Home Recipient U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Richie Chavis During UNC’s Military Appreciation Day

Raleigh, NC, September 29, 2012 --( Royal Oaks Building Group, LLC (, an award-winning residential new homebuilder, has announced that it will recognize the recipient of the fourth Operation: Coming Home Hero Home after the first quarter of the UNC-Chapel Hill football game on Saturday, Sept. 29, as part of the university’s Military Appreciation Day. For four consecutive years, Royal Oaks Building Group has served as the builder for the Operation: Coming Home program, which provides severely wounded combat veterans with custom-built homes free of charge. The recipient of the fourth home is U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Richie Chavis, who lost both legs in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion on Nov. 29, 2010, after only two months of serving in Afghanistan. A native of Lumberton, N.C., Chavis was a member of the 1/8 Weapons Company, 2 D Marine Division based out of Camp Lejeune.

Operation: Coming Home is a joint volunteer project by the Triangle Veterans Association, Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County (HBA), Royal Oaks Building Group, and various contractors who have joined together to donate new homes for disabled combat veterans who have served in the Middle East. Groundbreaking for this Hero Home took place on Aug. 16 in the Lexington Plantation community in Cameron, N.C. Completely customized and wheel-chair friendly, the new home will include a number of features designed to provide Lance Cpl. Chavis with easy access to all rooms.

Royal Oaks Building Group is sponsoring UNC’s Military Appreciation Day, honoring this year’s Operation: Coming Home recipient, Lance Cpl. Chavis. The new partnership with UNC, Duke and NC State athletics is part of Royal Oaks Building Group’s ongoing commitment to supporting local universities and the Triangle community at large.

“Royal Oaks Building Group is proud to be part of the Triangle community and to support its universities’ programs as well as the valiant men and women who have served their country through the armed forces,” said Rich Van Tassel, president of Royal Oaks Building Group. “We are honored to participate in UNC’s Military Appreciation Day, and encourage everyone to join us in December, when we and others involved in Operation: Coming Home will hold a special ceremony to present Lance Cpl. Chavis and his family with the key to their new home.”

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About Royal Oaks Building Group, LLC:
Royal Oaks Building Group, LLC builds fine homes throughout Raleigh, Holly Springs, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Knightdale,, Cary, Apex, Cameron and Angier, N.C. Locally owned and operated, the company focuses on quality of design, construction and customer service, offering a portfolio of plans and a wide selection of standard features from which to choose in price ranges from starters to multimillion-dollar luxury homes. Royal Oaks is a member of the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County and has received multiple gold and silver awards from the HBA Parade of Homes. In 2008 and 2010, the company received the highly coveted Triangle Major Achievements in Marketing Excellence (MAME) Building Company of the Year Award, and its president, Rich Van Tassel, was named a recipient of the Builder of the Year Award presented by the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County (HBA). Additional company awards include the Triangle Business Journal’s Fast 50 Award, the Small Business of the Year by the Apex Chamber of Commerce, as well as consistent listings in the Triangle Business Journal’s premier list of residential builders, based annually by volume in the Raleigh-Durham market. For more information, visit

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