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"Aid a Veteran" Installs New AC Units For Paralyzed Vet

 As summer temperatures continue to rise a group in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is helping a veteran and his mother cool down.

Shane Hutcheson is with a local group called "Aid a Veteran". The groups main goal is to give back to our country's veterans. The group was happy to help their local veteran and his mother as they were suffering without air conditioning.

Hutcheson humbly shares,

"We're just doing what we say we do...People donate to us to help our veterans".

With just a little time and effort their small organization was born.

“I put together some fundraisers. We got out there in the field, started talking to people and started generating the funds,” Hutcheson said.

Hutcheson noted that recently RK Gun Shows as well as other community members helped to raise the non profit's funds at an organized even at Camp Jordan.

The Tuesday following the event, the donations were given to David Cunningham. Cunningham is a paralyzed veteran. Due to his sustained spinal injuries, Cunningham has a harder time regulation his body temperature than the average person.

Their only source of air conditioning went out a month ago  and Cunningham and his mother simply did not have the funds to replace it.

Shortly after Cunningham's mother reached out to "Aid A Veteran", they showed up at their home with not one, but two window units for both the upstairs and downstairs of their home.

With temperatures beginning to hit the upper 90's, these air conditioning units couldn't have arrived at a more convenient time.

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) is a non-profit 501c3 charity which has provided needed programs and services to our veterans since 2008.  

 As a non-profit organization, HHN's primary focus is to provide the means for wounded warriors to get the treatment and therapies they deserve and need.

Along with sweepstakes advertised at Hero Giveaway, HHN solely relies on the graciousness of their followers on Facebook through donations, merchandise, and entries to HG's giveaways.

Thanks for your continued support for our troops. For more information, and to donate to the cause, click the link below!

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Home Depot Helps Honor Veteran's Dying Wish

The wish of a dying veteran is finally being granted in Mukwonago, Wisconsin.

Home Depot workers are working hard in Mukwonago, in order to remodel the home of a U.S. Army veteran's widow. The project took life after one of the Home Depot workers, who is also a veteran, learned that Joe Saladin was dying of cancer and didn't want to leave his wife all alone with this cumbersome project to bear.

Barb Saladin, Joe Saladin's wife, was quoted saying,

"I miss my husband so much. I loved him so much".

Jeff Boss, one of the many workers from Home Depot assigned to the project, shared with reporters that,

"He did pass in October of 2015, and we've since continued adopting Barb with project after project, culminating in this one here this week, where we are pretty much remodeling the interior of the house".

Home Depot announced to the public that one of its core focuses is taking care of veterans and essentially trying to pay them back for their amazing service to our country.

Although Barb wishes her husband could see the amazing work Home Depot has done thus far, she is infinitely grateful for all of their help.

"And he says, 'Yeah, that'd be nice, really nice,' he said, and I said, 'Yes, it would be.' That's why I said it's too bad he can't see it," Saladin said.

Joe Saladin was 77 years old when he passed, and Barb is currently 79. One of the greatest joys in Joe's life was making Barb happy.

As the project has carried on, workers from Home Depot have reported that many friends and even inspired locals have also volunteered.

Home Depot has announced that it plans to have the entire project as well as the interior modeling finished by the end of the week.

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) is a non-profit 501c3 charity which has provided needed programs and services to our veterans since 2008.  

 As a non-profit organization, HHN's primary focus is to provide the means for wounded warriors to get the treatment and therapies they deserve and need.

Along with sweepstakes advertised at Hero Giveaway, HHN solely relies on the graciousness of their followers on Facebook through donations, merchandise, and entries to HG's giveaways.

Thanks for your continued support for our troops. For more information, and to donate to the cause, click the link below!

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Veteran and His Therapy Pig ‘Hamela Anderson’

Brandon Rimmer is an Air Force veteran who has served two tours overseas in both Kuwait and Iraq. He served from 2004 until 2012. He was also recently stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base just a few years ago.

Rimmer is currently suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and he has a very interesting and not so furry friend to help him ease his daily symptoms associated with PTSD.

"The pig's name is Hamela Anderson...I know, I know," Rimmer shared.

Hamela accompanies Rimmer throughout his daily activities and is always there should Rimmer ever experience any episodes.

"She keeps me cool, calm, and collected in the mornings which are the worst for me".

Hamela is registered by the ESA. Rimmer's VA clinic that is located in Kentucky has recommended that he have the pig with him at all times.

Naturally, Rimmer was initially offered a service dog however due to his limited living conditions, Rimmer agreed that a miniature pig was the next best thing.

Cara Booth is Rimmer's girlfriend and was quoted saying,

"He was really withdrawn for a long time and angry, very internally angry...And as soon as he her it's been night and day difference".

"She knows when I get upset," said Rimmer. "At night I'll be at home and she'll burrow herself into my arms it takes my mind off of things if I don't want to deal with anything."

Rimmer does indeed bring Hamela everywhere he goes, even when he goes on vacation which can oftentimes be a difficult endeavor.

Rimmer was turned away and even threatened by multiple hotels until he finally found the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel in Panama City.

However after the manager heard Rimmer's story, he was determined to make his stay the best.

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) is a non-profit 501c3 charity which has provided needed programs and services to our veterans since 2008.  

 As a non-profit organization, HHN's primary focus is to provide the means for wounded warriors to get the treatment and therapies they deserve and need.

Along with sweepstakes advertised at Hero Giveaway, HHN solely relies on the graciousness of their followers on Facebook through donations, merchandise, and entries to HG's giveaways.

Thanks for your continued support for our troops. For more information, and to donate to the cause, click the link below!

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Veteran Owned, Operated and 100% American Made Flags

Convention-goers can now buy wooden flags that have been personally handcrafted by combat veterans at Cleveland, Ohio's 2016 Republican National Convention.

It is the veteran owned as well as operated company known as Flags of Valor that will be one of the 22 vendors that will be presenting their product at the convention.

Brian Steorts is an Air Force veteran as well as the President of Flags of Valor. He shared with reporters that he got the idea for his organization when he was injured while he was deployed.

Steorts shared,

“I went to a rehabilitation program and I didn’t wear my uniform anymore, I’m used to having my flag on my shoulder and so it kind of upset me...There was a flag that I found that was actually a beautiful flag, but it wasn’t made in the United States, and so for therapeutic reasons I started making my own and I wanted to make it all with materials made in America.”

Prior to starting his organization, Steorts had never had any previous experience with woodwork before. However he quickly got inspired and began picking up the craft after watching 'do it yourself' videos of distressing and painting.

After it quickly became Steorts's passion, he quickly launched the company seeking to offer veterans jobs.

At this point, Flags of Valor employs five other combat veterans. The company sells handcrafted U.S. flags that were named specifically after groups of people or specific military events.

“We’re very old school” Steorts said. “We make everything by hand. We believe Made in America still matters, we believe that our veterans are an untapped resource, and believe in giving back.”

When it comes to his hiring process, Steorts is pretty determined to hire only veterans.

“It’s a great therapeutic transition for them to go from military lives to civilian and to really search for that camaraderie and brotherhood that we have at our company,” he said. “I’m a veteran myself and I know what drives me and what drives these men and women. They’ve been through some very intense conflicts and they’re very well at handling stress and being in those kinds of environments.”

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) is a non-profit 501c3 charity which has provided needed programs and services to our veterans since 2008.  

 As a non-profit organization, HHN's primary focus is to provide the means for wounded warriors to get the treatment and therapies they deserve and need.

Along with sweepstakes advertised at Hero Giveaway, HHN solely relies on the graciousness of their followers on Facebook through donations, merchandise, and entries to HG's giveaways.

Thanks for your continued support for our troops. For more information, and to donate to the cause, click the link below!

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Obama Presents Medal of Honor to Vietnam War Veteran

Vietnam War Veteran, Lt. Col. Charles Kettles was awarded the nation's highest military honor on Monday for an amazing time of service that happened more than 50 years ago. President Barack Obama himself awarded the medal to Kettles.

During his time in service, Kettle led multiple helicopter flights that were carrying specific reinforcements to U.S. soldiers. Kettles also swiftly evacuated wounded soldiers that had been brutally ambushed during combat operations near Duc Pho in May 1967. During this time, Kettle was able to save countless lives.

Obama shared that Kettles showed the true spirit of being American and that his time in service showed the absolute importance of looking out for others and how no soldier should ever be left behind.

Obama was quoted saying,

"This shouldn't just be a creed for our soldiers. This should be a creed for all of us".

During the ceremony for Kettles, Obama mentioned that after the shootings in Baton Rouge and in Dallas, our nation has certainly has "let's face it, a couple of tough weeks".

Obama shared,

"For us to remember the goodness and decency of the American people in a way that we can all look out for each other even when times are tough, even when the odds are against us, what a wonderful inspiration, what a great gift for us to be able to celebrate something like this".

Obama was able to tell Kettle's story to those present. He shared that even under heavy fire, Kettle repeatedly returned to a landing zone to save as many lives as possible. To this day, Kettles is credited with saving the lives of 40 soldiers as well as four other members of his unit.

The army even noted that on Kettle's last run, his helicopter was hit by a mortar round that severely damaged one of the main rotor blades and shattered both front windshields.

"In spite of the severe damage to his helicopter, Kettles once more skillfully guided his heavily damaged aircraft to safety," the Army said. "Without his courageous actions and superior flying skills, the last group of soldiers and his crew would never have made it off the battlefield."

 

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) is a non-profit 501c3 charity which has provided needed programs and services to our veterans since 2008.  

 As a non-profit organization, HHN's primary focus is to provide the means for wounded warriors to get the treatment and therapies they deserve and need.

Along with sweepstakes advertised at Hero Giveaway, HHN solely relies on the graciousness of their followers on Facebook through donations, merchandise, and entries to HG's giveaways.

Thanks for your continued support for our troops. For more information, and to donate to the cause, click the link below!

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Arlington National Cemetery Discourages Pokemon Go Players

The new game sensation Pokemon Go has captured the attention of millions.  With Nintendo’s stock skyrocketing, the game seems set to take main stage, although, there are many caveats to the idea.  For instance, opponents of the game have stated the danger of luring players to desolate locations.  Three people in Parksville, MO were robbed at gunpoint while playing the game.   

Two teens in San Francisco, CA were robbed of their phone as they were intently mesmerized by the Pokemon screen

But what is Pokemon Go?  A game in the form of an app that is played on a smartphone.  The game utilizes real world maps and superimposes fictional characters and prizes on top of the maps.  Players roam throughout cities looking for various enemies, friends and prizes.  It is so popular that it is speculated to surpass Twitter in the number of U.S. active android users by week’s end.    

On Facebook, Louis Park made a name for himself for posting, “Just caught my first Pokémon on the Mosul front line by Teleskuf. Daesh come challenge me to a Pokémon battle.” 26 year-old Park, a Marine Veteran, is volunteering with  Dwehk Nawsha  “Christian militia who are fighting against Islamic State in Iraq.”  Park’s post quickly went viral

But, to add to the reach of this new game is the inclusion of several high profile somber locations such as the Arlington National Cemetery and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Both locations have asked Nintendo to remove their locations from the list and are currently asking players to respect the areas and to not play Pokemon Go on the graves of fallen soldiers nor around the memorial for the destruction of Nazism.  

                The Arlington National Cemetery had this to say, "Out of respect for all those interred at Arlington National Cemetery, we require the highest level of decorum from our guests and visitors," cemetery officials said in a statement. "Playing games such as 'Pokémon Go' on these hallowed grounds would not be deemed appropriate. We request that visitors to ANC refrain from such activity." "Out of respect for all those interred at Arlington National Cemetery, we require the highest level of decorum from our guests and visitors," cemetery officials said in a statement.   

"Playing games such as 'Pokémon Go' on these hallowed grounds would not be deemed appropriate. We request that visitors to ANC refrain from such activity."

                Other areas which have seen Pokemon Go incursions include: Auschwitz museum in Poland, the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) is a non-profit 501c3 charity which has provided needed programs and services to our veterans since 2008.  

 As a non-profit organization, HHN's primary focus is to provide the means for wounded warriors to get the treatment and therapies they deserve and need.

Along with sweepstakes advertised at Hero Giveaway, HHN solely relies on the graciousness of their followers on Facebook through donations, merchandise, and entries to HG's giveaways.

Thanks for your continued support for our troops. For more information, and to donate to the cause, click the link below!

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You Won’t Believe Mom’s Reaction to Reunion with Soldier Son!

U.S. Army Specialist Kyle Kracht hadn’t seen his mother in over 4 years and wanted so badly to surprise her in one of those reunion videos.  He played the idea in his head, wondering how his mom would react when she saw him but nothing prepared him for what happened when she walked into her West Jordan kitchen and he uttered the words, ‘Hi, mom’ to her.  The Utah mom screamed when she saw him and ran out of the room in surprise.  

The plot was planned by Kyle’s grandparents who contacted Kyle and asked him if he would like to use their extra frequent flyer miles for a quick trip home to surprise his mom, Cheri Hancock, an offer which Kyle accepted wholeheartedly. His grandmother didn’t talk to his mom for a whole month in an effort to keep the surprise from her. 

“Right before she walked in the kitchen, I had butterflies and everything. As soon as she walked in the kitchen and started screaming I wanted to laugh really hard because she was screaming like that,” Kracht said. “I was in disbelief. I couldn’t believe that she would want to see me that badly.”  

Kyle’s grandparents enlisted the help of Kyle’s stepfather to pull of the surprise.  The family went to great lengths to keep the secret from Cheri and when she saw her son, the endearing moment was captured for all to enjoy.  Cheri was able to get a few days off of work to spend with her son.  “We mostly spent the time sitting in the car talking and driving around reminiscing,” he said. “I got to see the house I grew up and the school I went to.”  

Watch her reaction as Kyle surprises her!  The reunion is priceless

 

 

 

 

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) is a non-profit 501c3 charity which has provided needed programs and services to our veterans since 2008.  

 As a non-profit organization, HHN's primary focus is to provide the means for wounded warriors to get the treatment and therapies they deserve and need.

Along with sweepstakes advertised at Hero Giveaway, HHN solely relies on the graciousness of their followers on Facebook through donations, merchandise, and entries to HG's giveaways.

Thanks for your continued support for our troops. For more information, and to donate to the cause, click the link below!

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VETERAN DETERMINED TO FIX MISTAKE MADE ON VIETNAM MEMORIAL

Skip Ferguson is a retired U.S. Marine and is also currently the local leader of the Marine Corps League. It was just last week that Ferguson won approval to place two brand new monuments on the Limestone County Courthouse lawn.

Ferguson has recently launched a fundraising campaign that he hopes will raise the amount of $1,000 in order to pay for the two new monuments.

These monuments are intended to be created to recognize the county's honored dead who fell in combat in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Beirut.

However Ferguson's most important current project involves correcting a crucial spelling error on a local Vietnam War monument. Ferguson also plans to add the names of five other fallen servicemen that are missing from the monument.

The local Vietnam monument has been sitting on the grounds of the court house for just over 30 years.

It was only recently that a local resident realized the misspelling.

The monument currently lists the names of 19 Limestone County residents who had fallen in the Vietnam War. The monument incorrectly spells Vietnam as "VIEINAM".

Mark Yarbrough is the Limestone County Commission Chairman and has every intention of fixing the unfortunate mistake.

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Yarbrough shared with reporters,

"It was an honest mistake when it was done. I don't know if anybody had ever noticed it, I had never noticed it, I'll be honest with you. I had looked at the names on there and had never paid attention but once it's brought to my attention, we're gonna get it fixed".

Ferguson admits that he is unaware how much it will cost to fix the spelling mistake as well as add the additional missing names to the monument.

At this point Ferguson has not started raising funds to correct the Vietnam monument as his fundraising efforts for the two new monuments is off to a slow start. As of this past Thursday he had only raised $10.

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) is a non-profit 501c3 charity which has provided needed programs and services to our veterans since 2008.  

 As a non-profit organization, HHN's primary focus is to provide the means for wounded warriors to get the treatment and therapies they deserve and need.

Along with sweepstakes advertised at Hero Giveaway, HHN solely relies on the graciousness of their followers on Facebook through donations, merchandise, and entries to HG's giveaways.

Thanks for your continued support for our troops. For more information, and to donate to the cause, click the link below!

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Vet Takes Dying Dog on National Roadtrip

               

 

      When veteran Marine Robert Kugler’s dog Bella was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Robert decided to take a trip with Bella and make every minute left count.  They began a road trip back in November making their way to the Marine Corps Ball, staying on friends’ couches or in his car, enjoying every moment together.  

                Bella’s diagnosis began as a localized cancer and she lost a leg to the fight.  Her cancer had then spread to a terminal diagnosis and that is when Robert decided to make the most of their time left together and travel the nation with his best friend by his side. Robert documented his travels on his Twiiter feed https://twitter.com/robkugler , his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/robert.kugler1 and his Instragram https://www.instagram.com/robkugler/ .

                Kugler displays emotional photos of the two enjoying their time together as they stop in various locations enjoying the sights:  A sunset shared on Lake Eerie, a roll in the park in Cleveland, in awe of Niagra Falls, standing tall in the Adirondack Mountains, roaming through the grounds of Harvard, striking a pose in front of Fenway Stadium.  "I want to inspire people to get outside and live," he said. "Love each other for who we are and make friends." 

                Currently, the duo are living it up in St. Petersburg, Fl, letting the waves wash over them, trying to stay cool and making each moment count.  Last year, doctors told Roger that Bella wouldn’t live longer than 3-6 months but she has persevered defying that prediction.  But, Roger knows that Bella’s time is coming to an end and the thoughts of her death and how he will manage are creeping into his mind more and more.  “Some days I’m completely prepared. I pictured her just swimming out to sea,” he said. “But there’s other days when I’m like, oh my God, I can’t bear the thought of it.”   

                Their trip will hopefully inspire others to make the most out of every moment.  “We take on these animals, which means we’re gonna take on their life and their passing,” Kugler said. “To be there with them when they pass is the greatest gift you can give anybody.”

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) is a non-profit 501c3 charity which has provided needed programs and services to our veterans since 2008.  

 As a non-profit organization, HHN's primary focus is to provide the means for wounded warriors to get the treatment and therapies they deserve and need.

Along with sweepstakes advertised at Hero Giveaway, HHN solely relies on the graciousness of their followers on Facebook through donations, merchandise, and entries to HG's giveaways.

Thanks for your continued support for our troops. For more information, and to donate to the cause, click the link below!

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4 Courageous Canines Awarded with Highest Honors at Capitol

Some of the nation’s foremost military leaders were on hand at a Capitol Hill Ceremony to award a few of the country’s most lauded canines.  Four “heroic hounds” were honored with medals of their exemplary service achievements.   Matty, A German Shepard who detected improvised explosives while under enemy fire in Afghanistan, Fieldy, a black Labrador who consistently and accurately sniffed out explosives on his four tours in Afghanistan, Bond, a courageous Belgian Malinois with over 50 combat missions behind him and a powerful German Shepard named Isky who protected high level personnel including the President of the United States and had lost a leg exposing explosives.     

"Soldiers have been relying on these four-footed comrades-in-arms since the beginning of organized warfare and today military dogs are more important than ever in keeping our service men and women safe," said Robin Ganzert, the American Humane Association's president and CEO.  

The pups were awarded he highest honors for dogs in service to America.  “These remarkable dogs work side-by-side with the men and women of our Armed Forces, performing vitally important and life-saving work, while putting their own lives on the line for our country.” said internationally renowned philanthropist and veterans advocate, Lois Pope.  

Isky is now employed as a service dog and has been partnered with Army Sgt. Wess Brown.   Brown details when Isky was helping Brown get away from the battlefield as they were both injured.  Today, Isky helps Brown manage his PTSD.  "He saved me," Brown said of Isky. "He brought a lot of people home and he brought me home. ... He's my dog for PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) now and I feel I help him out a lot. ... Even though we do get on each others' nerves sometimes." "I feel safe with him every time we go anywhere," Brown said. "That's why he's around."  

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) is a non-profit 501c3 charity which has provided needed programs and services to our veterans since 2008.  

 As a non-profit organization, HHN's primary focus is to provide the means for wounded warriors to get the treatment and therapies they deserve and need.

Along with sweepstakes advertised at Hero Giveaway, HHN solely relies on the graciousness of their followers on Facebook through donations, merchandise, and entries to HG's giveaways.

Thanks for your continued support for our troops. For more information, and to donate to the cause, click the link below!

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