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Little Girl Overcome with Emotion When Deployed Dad Surprises Her

The sacrifices our troops make when they leave their family and friends not knowing if they will return is among the ultimate any citizen can make for his/her country. So, when our brave warriors return to their loved ones we all feel the emotion as if it was our own family member safely coming home to us.

Little 11-year old Karleigh plays softball unaware of who awaits to surprise her. Sgt. Mike Clark had been deployed to Iraq and Kuwait for the last 9 months and even though Karleigh knew he was set to return home soon she had no idea exactly when that would happen.

Sgt. Clark had been deployed before for long stretches and at that time his daughter was quite young. He would worry when he left her at the young age of four, if she would even remember him or not. Even though the military life was no stranger to the Clark family, the separation is always hard.

Watch as all involved waited for Sgt. Clark to come out to the middle of the field as his daughter played. The umpire and everyone at the game aware of his arrival, the referee ready to stop the game when he approached. And then she saw him, ran crying into his arms and he scooped up his daughter in a timeless embrace all who witnessed felt in their hearts.

 

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 COMPLETES 26 MARATHONS AFTER LOSING LEG!

26 Marathons Down, Rio's the Goal for Vet Amputee

It is estimated that almost 50,000 U.S. Service Members have been injured in the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Loosing legs, arms, parts of their bodies and pieces of their mind, veterans return fractured every day. And the road to recovery can be a long one, filled with potholes, detours, accidents and black ice. Many don't make it past the initial transition. It is estimated that 22 American Veterans of post 9/11 wars commit suicide every day. Such a large number of emotionally, physically and psychologically distraught individuals have today, one more role model to find a source of strength and inspiration.

Freddie de Los Santos, a special operations staff sergeant, who lost his leg deployed in Afghanistan when a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) exploded near him found it difficult to rebuild a life upon returning home injured. “I had suicidal thoughts. I just wanted to end my life because I was not the same. It used to break my heart every time my kids used to see me,” he says. 

Achilles International, an organization which brings disabled runners and volunteers together for mainstream races. “It was part of my rehab. It became my way of life. And I love it. It has been the most rewarding experience, being able to compete despite my disability,” De Los Santos says.

Freddie just finished his 26th marathon and is now training for the U.S. Paralympics team and hoping to go to Rio and compete. To overcome such obstacles is a measure of strength and determination. De Los Santos added, “I will be so excited to go to Rio, not just because it’s Rio, but also because I will be able to look back and say, ‘Wow, this is how far I have come since the day I got injured.’ That will be the greatest achievement ever.” 

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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First Female Military Statue Unveiled

The Very First Female Military Statue Has Finally Been Unveiled

Female veteran service members came together over the weekend to unveil a new female service member statue being displayed in Brownsville Veterans Park in Texas. Veteran Females United (VFU) a small non-profit based in Texas, was developed to bring awareness to issues facing female service members. Its mission is “to engage and empower female veterans to lead healthy successful lives by providing ongoing guidance and support to them and their families.”

12 feet and 6-inches tall the formidable granite figure stands guarding the park. At a cost of $35,000 the statue is a culmination of works by organizations, business and individuals. The statue is a modern reminder of how much has changed over the years. Female as well as male service members are now recognized for their efforts, sacrifices and dedication. With female empowerment at the head of the statue’s presence, little girls who look upon the monument will know that their service is appreciated and the pride of being part of a larger community which recognizes all of its enlisted soldiers’ efforts will be the military of their future.

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“One of my goals is to empower women and I think this is our time, so I’m all for it,” said resident Marta De Yturbe.

Not only is the statue completely empowering, but it also serves an important purpose of honoring and saluting all female veterans that have served our country, are currently serving our country, or have served our country and lost their lives.

“Thanks to this statue, the VeteransPark now gives equal tribute to the men and the women that gave their lives for our freedom,” Lucio said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to come together to show the world that we … will always be indivisible and that we have the justice that everyone deserves.”

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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Amazing Rendition of National Anthem Goes Viral!

An Amazing Rendition of the National Anthem Surprises Everyone!

Genleah Swain sang her heart out to the surprise of tourists taking in the sights of the Lincoln Memorial. Ms. Swain is seen talking to a gentleman in the video, who encourages her to sing. As she slowly begins to belt out the Star Spangled Banner as more and more onlookers encircle her, absolutely enthralled.

The video had been posted to the singer's youtube account but it wasn't until Nay Nichelle, shared it on her facebook did the sharing begin and the viral legacy of the performance solidify. In 48 hours of exposure on Nichelle's Facebook the video had been watched over 5 million times and shared 137,000 times.

Judge for yourself!

By the end of the video the crowd erupts in applause and strangers with wet eyes embrace the singer in heartfelt gratitude. 'The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave'.

The individual who had originally shared the video on various social media channels, wrote on her Facebook,

“Omg! Look at how everyone stopped what they were doing to listen to this young lady sing the National Anthem at the Lincoln Memorial! AMAZING!” Nichelle wrote.

Another Facebook user that came across the video and loved it said,

One user, Mary Tobin, wrote, “I’m a Combat Veteran and I’ve laid many Soldiers and friends to rest in defense of our nation. Every time I hear the anthem it means the world to me, but when I hear it sung with conviction and strength it makes me even more proud to have served this country because people like you make America worth fighting for…so thank you.”

 

 

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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Fund Raiser For Vet Lost in Tragic Accident

Ricky Borders was a Marine veteran, father of three, a beloved mixed martial arts fighter and instructor, who unfortunately passed away last week in a tragic accident during his vacation in Florida.

Boders had initially joined the marines when he was just out of high school. He served two extensive tours in Iraq before returning home and being medically retired at that point.  

When Borders returned home he trained rigorously and became an MMA fighter. Shortly after he transitioned into being a Martial Arts instructor.

Borders's mother shared with reporters that as a martial arts teacher to children of various ages, Borders was always extremely generous and caring. She admitted that he would often lose money due to his extreme kindness to his students.

Borders certainly instilled confidence in his students and always urged them to only us the moves he taught them to protect themselves.

A Go Fund Me page was set up in Borders's honor, to enable his family to pay for his body to be transported back to his home in Kentucky so his family could begin to mourn this great loss. The family was surprised at the amazing amount of love and support that they received. At this point more than $13,000 has been raised to cover his funeral expenses. Any excess funding will go to supporting his beautiful wife and three children.

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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Winn-Dixie Will Donate All Fourth of July Profits To Veterans

Southeastern Grocers, which is the parent company of Harveys, BI-LO, and Winn Dixie supermarket has made the national announcement that all profits that are made at all retail grocery stores this upcoming Monday, July 4th, will be donated to veteran charity organizations.

Winn Dixie made it clear that absolutely 100% of its profits made on the 4th of July will be going toward helping out veterans and their families.

Southeaster Grocers has partnered up directly with Hope For The Warriors.

Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to helping all service members as well as their families in times of need.

Customers are also encouraged to make any additional donations to our veterans when checking out. As customers make their own personal donations, they are given a special dedication card to write a personalized message for our veterans.

These unique messages will be displayed on the Wall of Honor in every single Winn-Dixie store.

Southeastern Grocers has high hopes of beating last years' astounding amount raised of more than $3 million, that was donated to injured veterans.

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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Amazing Generosity For California Vet

 

            Steven Ellenson, a disabled Vietnam Veteran, and his wife were recently shown extremely grateful for the $140,000 remodel job bestowed upon them as a donation.  The group Embrace supplied many volunteers to the Healing Our Hero's Homes Program which came together and donated labor, tools and equipment needed to upgrade the couples California home.  In December of 2015, local businesses & volunteers came out to overhaul Ellenson's kitchen, bathroom, flooring, lighting, electrical, front and back yard as well as their deck and drive-way.  

 

            The businesses which contributed contractors and dollars to the mission are:  The Grainger Foundation, Sundt Construction Inc, SDG&E, the Jack in the Box Foundation and the Rob Benzon Foundation.  In kind donations were supplied by Home Depot.  Over a 100 volunteers united to rebuild the Ellenson's home.

 

            For Ellenson, it was a very emotional time to be the recipient of such warm-hearted generosity.  For years, he felt unappreciated and scorn for his efforts in the Vietnam War, as did many of his fellow soldiers.  Since 1970, he had been "living in the shadows" apart from the center of community.  He did not believe people had this level of kindness inside them.  "That people actually care; that's why I'm more than thankful for everything -- everything," an emotional and tearful Ellenson told 10News.

 

            And that's not all!  In January, a month after his home was completely remodeled, a contractor came out to test the water in his well.  He told Ellenson that he needed a new well as his current one had a almost dangerous level of nitrates and the presence of Coliform.  The water was dark, murky brown and Ellenson said he never could "quite get all of the minerals off of him" when he showered.  It didn't surprise Steven when the contractor told him he needed a new well.  The surprise came when Tim Guishard told him that he would take care of it at no charge.

 

            Guishard was modest about his generous offer and got right to work with his friends at Stehly Brothers Drilling who also volunteered their time, effort and equipment to the task.  Ellenson said, "Amazing; kind of thought about it and said, 'Wow, man, there are nice people in the world, you know?"

 

 

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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Volunteer Veterans Help Out in Detroit

 

A giant group of military veterans traveled to Detroit in order to help out and rebuild areas and neighborhoods that have been severely neglected in the distressed city.

Their mission for Detroit marks the largest organized mission that the nonprofit known as The Mission Continues has put together thus far.

The Mission Continues is a nonprofit that encourages military veterans to join and volunteer as an alternative way to deal with the post-military transition. The organization believes it's important for returning veterans to find purpose through a significant and tangible community impact.

The Mission Continues has projects in multiple cities across the country and allows veterans to inspire others to serve while being responsible for sustainable changes in countless communities.

Volunteer veterans began their work in Detroit in three specific neighborhood locations. Ben Eichel, a 33-year-old veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was one of the many veterans that built benches and completely cleared out trash in an abandoned park.

Eichel was happy to share about his experience,

"When you're not part of something that's bigger than yourself, you lose that identity. You become isolated, and a lot of us tend to go to dark places...So, The Mission Continues was there and got me involved in the community. It helped me reintegrate in civilian society effectively, because I learned that I'm not just a veteran."

 

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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A Unique Technique to Manage PTSD

Army veteran Greg Mullen began experiencing extreme symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder while he was stationed in the Middle East during the first Gulf War.

Anti-missile blasts were a constant and after only six months into his deployment, Mullen was sent home, ending his almost 12-year career with the military.

After coming home and being prescribed medication, Mullen only found that his anxiety, constant panic, and migraines were only getting worse. With help from his psychologist, Mullen found that he found serious release through art.

His extreme anxiety was calmed by doodling countless dots into an image on a piece of paper.

Once Mullen realized the connection he began to create amazing pieces of art with a style of art known as pointillism.

Mullen's has decorated an array of objects with his work, decorating anything from a vase to an entire coffee table.

As his collection continued to grow, Mullen began showing his art at various military installations.

Mullen enjoys showing his art as he is able to meet other veterans and share his story.

 

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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Vietnam Veteran Gets His Smile Back!

John Hamilton is Vietnam veteran who is getting a brand new smile thanks to a local oral surgeon.

Hamilton is a Marine veteran who pursued performing magic after returning back home. Hamilton brings joy to countless children when he performs magic at local school assemblies.

Hamilton certainly knows the value of a simple smile.

However Hamilton recently lost both of his front teeth due to long term grinding that was brought on by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

With the loss of his teeth, Hamilton's confidence is nonexistent and he is also experiencing digestive issues as he isn't able to properly chew his food.

Dr.Daccache and Dr.Rodolfo Barbosa D.M.D. are donating their time and services in order to give Hamilton his smile back.

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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