Four months ago Staff Sgt. Michelle Satterfield of the United States Army, a member of the 14th Quartermaster in Greensburg, thought she was coming to Heinz Field for the Steelers-Broncos game to be honored as the ATI Salute to Heroes recipient for the game, something she was thrilled with and grateful for the honor.
The Steelers partner with ATI,Tunnel to Towers Foundation, FedEx and many others to give a house to veteran SSG Michelle Satterfield.
But on that day she received the surprise of a lifetime when she was presented an oversized key to a new home, courtesy of the Steelers, Stephen Stiller "Tunnel To Towers" Foundation, FedEx and builders Blueroof Technologies from McKeesport in association with McKeesport High School.
Satterfield, a fourth-generation Army soldier who lived in West Virginia, had wanted to relocate to be closer to the 14th Quartermaster and the new home allows for that.
"I just want to thank everyone for all of the support and welcoming us into the community," said Satterfield, a single mother of son Hunter. "I can't thank everybody enough. It's amazing how everyone came together for me."
The home was unveiled on Monday in a special ceremony, hosted by former Steelers offensive lineman Craig Wolfley and attended by Arthur Moats and Alejandro Villanueva.
"What we are doing today for Sgt. Satterfield is special, someone who served our country," said Villanueva, someone who understands as he is a former United States Army Ranger. "A lot of people don't realize how fortunate we are to come back to the United States and how appreciative the people are. As a veteran, I can tell you the appreciation from our nation is great. I just want to thank Sgt. Satterfield for her service and dedication to our country."
Moats also knows what it's like to have people support those in the military, as his father is a former United States Marine.
"It's a huge honor to be a part of something like this," said Moats. "Any time we are able to come together as a city, a state and support somebody who is in the Armed Services. We don't take it for granted. We appreciate all they do for us."