Dale Beatty -Purple Heart Homes Co-founder
As we build Purple Heart Homes I am always moved by the kindness and
appreciation everyone has for our service and sacrifice to our country.
As our Purple Heart Homes Network grows let me share some highlights of
invitations we have received and participated in this year:
You may not know this but I played the drums in a band before I deployed
for Iraq. When I returned home I needed to return to living and am
playing drums again in my band called Southern Fried. We were honored
to be invited to play in Sturgis this year with Jeff Bridges, Stevie
Nicks and John Fogarty. Our band closed the performance and rocked the
place. We also played on the Mall in Washington DC during Rolling
I had the privilege to be invited by former President Bush to golf in
Irvine, TX for the Warrior Open. I took my 7 year-old son Dustin to be
my caddy. I hope when he grows up – he will fondly remember that
experience with his dad.
Both John and I had the honor to be selected by Joe Klein to be featured
in the August 29 cover story of TME with three other amazing Veterans
that served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Joe Klein called us “The New
Greatest Generation.” I am awe struck by that title and can’t help but
say it is because of those labeled members from the Greatest Generation
that we dedicate our efforts for what we do at Purple Heart Homes to
help Service Connected Disabled Veterans.
We also had the honor to be invited guests at the Iraq and Afghanistan
Veterans Association (IAVA) Fifth Annual Heroes Gala in New York City.
Our wives had the chance to join us for this event. NBC Nightly News
anchor Brian Williams was the Master of Ceremonies and Stephen Colbert
made everyone laugh. Paul Reickhoff, IAVA founder and executive
director along with his staff does an amazing job to help returning
veterans by not only advocating for us in Congress, but also finding
jobs and standing with us for emotional support.
But the best invitations are those that come from schools enabling me to
talk to students about why we choose to serve our country and what we
learned from our experience. I love how uninhibited children are when
they ask me questions about my nice shiny titanium legs.
We accept invitations and speaking engagements to help build interest
and awareness for Purple Heart Homes. As we continue to build our
network and tell our story it is enabling us to fulfill our mission to
provide personalized housing solutions for Service Connected Disabled
Veterans that served in all conflicts.
So as you read this – help us tell our story. Become a part of our
growing network and in turn you will help us improve the quality of life
for a disabled veteran.
John Gallina–Purple Heart Homes Co-founder
My journey with Purple Heart Homes this year has not been quite as star
ridden as my Battle Buddy Dale. I had the pleasure to take our story to
corporate America to generate interest to help us provide more adapted
homes to Service Connected Disabled Veterans. I am happy to say that
those efforts resulted in the creation of a new program we are calling
our Veterans Homes Owners Program. Thanks to Bank of America, Citibank
and Wells Fargo we receive gifted foreclosed homes that we are able to
adapt for approved and vetted Service Connected Disabled Veterans that
returned from Iraq and Afghanistan.
As a result of this new program we are enabling many returning Disabled
veterans to become first time homeowners. This is not a hand out, but a
hand up to enable them to build a future, become involved in their
community and help us with our Aging in Place Program for older veterans
that own their home.
I also had the honor of working side by side with our sponsor NewDay
Financial on a number of projects you will be reading about in another
section of this newsletter and in future issues of our newsletters.
I had the opportunity to see how a town council operates as we worked
closely with the town of Glastonbury, CT to have a parcel of land
conveyed to Purple Heart Homes for the sale of $1.00 so we can build a
home for injured Marine Manny Jimenez.
Both Dale and I also had the pleasure of getting to know and welcome an
amazing group of experienced professionals that have become Purple Heart
Homes Executive team. Each one brings a special talent and set of
skills that we value. They helped us create our brand, tell our story,
get us organized, conduct all our real estate due diligence, develop our
events, manage our office, Vet our Veterans, keep us in line with the
law and help us become the leaders Joe Klein talked about in TIME.