Freedom Mortgage Announces 2022 Celebrate Freedom Award Winner

Honor goes to Dr. Matthew R. Burke, a retired U.S. Air Force veteran and founder of 10 CAN, a non-profit organization helping veterans and first responders overcome trauma

—Prize given 4th July at the Wawa Welcome America Festival in Philadelphia—

BOCA RATON, Florida., July 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Liberty Mortgageone of the largest independent full-service mortgage companies and the VA and Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Top Lender (Government Insured) in the United States for 2021, named Dr. Matthew R. Burke of Florida this year’s winner of the company’s Celebrate Freedom Award. Burke was officially recognized on 4th Julye at the Wawa Welcome America Festival in philadelphia cream, where the Freedom Celebration Ceremony was held in front of Independence Hall. Burke received a check from $10,000 from Freedom Mortgage and a trip for two to the festival.

The Celebrate Freedom Award is open to all military, veterans, first responders, and healthcare workers. based on their essay in response to the question “What does it mean to have the freedom to serve our nation and how has your sense of duty to help others had an impact?”

A former superintendent of safety in the United States Air Force, Burke was seriously injured during his fourth combat duty in Afghanistan. Upon returning to civilian life, Burke suffered from several issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. At one point, Burke and his family faced homelessness.

Finding hope in serving others, Burke launched 10 CAN, Inc., a non-profit organization that uses outdoor recreation, education and rehabilitation to promote healing, prevent suicides and build community among those who have served in the military or as first responders. In less than 10 years, 10 CAN has saved more than 3,500 people from suicide, assisted more than 10,000 children and influenced more than 100,000 families worldwide.

“I am honored to receive the Freedom Mortgage Celebrate Freedom Award,” Burke said. “This is a wonderful program that honors our country’s many unsung heroes, and I’m thrilled to share my story. This check will help to further enhance and expand the programs we offer at CAN 10.”

“During this year’s Celebrate Freedom Award competition, we heard from so many people who have done so much for our country and their communities,” said Stanley C. Middleman, president and CEO of Freedom Mortgage. “It is important that we continue to recognize the sacrifices made by these heroes and to thank them for their service and the immense impact they have had. We congratulate Dr. Burke on being this year’s recipient of the award and thank him and all veterans, military personnel, first responders, and healthcare workers for their service to our nation.”

For the first 600 applications submitted for the Celebrate Freedom award, Freedom Mortgage made a $5 gift to both Feed America® and the USO (United Service Organizations). A total donation of $6,000 was split between the two groups, providing at least 30,000 meals for people facing hunger as well as programs for service members and their families.

Through The Freedom Cares Team, Freedom Mortgage’s employee engagement and philanthropy program, the company provides assistance to numerous charities, including groups that support military members, veterans and their families. Last year, the company and its employees donated more than $2.6 million to support several organizations, including Feeding America®Habitat for Humanity, MBA Opens Doors Foundation, The Salvation Army, and Toys for Tots, among others.

For more information on Freedom Mortgage’s philanthropic efforts, visit

About Freedom Mortgage Corporation

Founded in 1990 and based in Boca Raton, Florida, Freedom Mortgage is an independent, full-service mortgage company that provides mortgages through retail, wholesale and correspondent channels. One of the largest non-bank mortgage lenders/services in the nation, the company is licensed in all 50 states, the District of Colombia, Porto Ricoand the US Virgin Islands. Freedom Mortgage was the #1 VA and #1 FHA (Government Insured) lender in the United States in 2021 (Inside Mortgage Finance, 2021) and one of the mortgage industry’s largest USO philanthropic supporters. Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The company is also known for its dynamic work environment where all team members can thrive. In 2021, Freedom Mortgage was named one of Newsweek’s Most Popular Workplaces as good as Best Workplaces UNITED STATES. Additionally, the company recently joined the Inc. Honor Roll 5000 to be recognized for the seventh time as one of the fastest growing companies in the country. Freedom Mortgage’s mission is to promote homeownership for all consumers across America. For more information, please visit Liberty Mortgage.

About Feed America

Feeding America® is the largest hunger relief organization in United States. Through a network of more than 200 food banks, 21 statewide food bank associations, and more than 60,000 partner agencies, food pantries, and meal programs, we’ve helped provide $6.6 billion in meals to tens of millions of people in need last year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security for the people we serve; draws attention to the social and systemic barriers that contribute to food insecurity in our country; and advocates for legislation that protects people from hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.orgfind us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

About USO

The USO strengthens American military service members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country throughout their service to the nation. In hundreds of places around the world, we are united in our commitment to connecting our service members and their families through countless acts of kindness, comfort and support. The USO is a private non-profit organization and not a government agency. Our entertainment programs, services, and tours are made possible by the American people, the support of our business partners, and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission and learn more about the USO, please visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitterand instagram.


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