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U.S. Marine Wins 7-Eleven Franchise

Jean Cetoute is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who won the 7-Eleven contest OPERATION: Take Command. As a winner he will be able to franchise any 7-Eleven store in the United States.

Cetoute will receive a waiver of the franchise fee which is said to be valued up to $190,000.

Cetoute is currently looking to franchise a store that is close to his family in New York.

Cetoute was one of the three finalists that were flown to Texas in order to be interviewed by the company's president and CEO, Joe DePinto.

After serving 20 years in the military, Cetoute is very excited to begin his future with an internationally known brand.

 

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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Smile & Cry Simultaneously as Taps Sounds at Sunset Every night on Indian Rocks Beach

         

      Since 2015, Ken Deka, of Largo, has been maintaining a tradition by taking his bugle to the beach on Indian Rocks at sunset and playing the solemn, tear-inducing song to honor the fallen American soldiers who never returned home.  He sets up his beach chair, some American flags and waits until the sun is ready to say, 'Goodnight' before putting his lips to the horn.  

           But, Ken Deka, is a Vietnam Veteran and when he plays those 24 notes on his bugle is said to play them for those who did not come home with him.  "It's one of those songs that makes you want to smile and cry at the same time and a lot of people do," says Deka.  

But, Ken Deka is not the only one who thought Taps an appropriate song at sunset in Indian Rocks Beach.  In 2011 Bill Pritchard, an 87-year old Canadian, began playing Taps his trumpet every night at sunset.  Crowds would swarm around him to listen and watch the sun creep below the horizon.    

Now, a staple of the sunset at Indian Rocks, crowds form every night to hear him and film the rendition.  When the sounds of the horn begin, the audience grows silent and every ear pointed in attention, every eye glistening with a tear of emotion.  Such a beautiful way to share a deep sentiment which words cannot express.

 

 

 

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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Darling's Auto Group Donates to Veteran Charities

It was reported yesterday that as part of their Memorial Day promoting, Darling's Auto Group has made substantial donations to multiple veteran's charities.

When their Memorial Day promotion has ended, they had raised over $26,000!

The organization decided to donate to Marine veterans-related charities.

Thus far donations have been made to Betsy Ann Ross House of Hope, Marine Troop Greeters, House in the Woods, Salute of Service in Searsport, and the Marine Veteran's project.

Jay Darling, the company owner and creator shared,

"Veterans, fisherman, different things we partner with and try to support the local community. That’s so much a part of who we are".

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) has been providing financial assistance 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 Inspires Special Needs Children with Hockey

 

Rich Garrison first joined the army fresh out of high school. Upon his return to the states he began his life as a firefighter and started a beautiful family with his wife, Vicki.

However when the 9/11 attacks hit, Garrison was compelled to re-enlist to protect his family and country.

He proceeded to serve three tours in Iraq and a special operations tour in Afghanistan.

While overseas he suffered from a broken foot, ripped knee, torn shoulder, spinal injury, and various traumatic brain injuries that permanently damaged his mind and his nerves.

Even with all of his daily mental and physical anguish, Garrison still finds the strength to drive 90 minutes to Rockville, MD to inspire and encourage his special needs hockey team.

The children on the team range from ages 5 to 16 and are able to play on the only sports team in York Country designed for disabled children.

When Garrison first began the team many of the children had never skated before. They had to learn while balancing themselves on chairs made of PVC pipe or their mentors. All of the children fell at least once and some even cried. However every single child returned for the following practice.

Garrison is truly inspired by his team,

"Hockey is the vessel, but we're watching them build self-esteem, watching them build balance, build coordination," he said. "We're actually watching them do that ..."

 

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) has been providing financial assistance 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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President Obama to Finally Award Vietnam Veteran Medal of Honor

 

Almost 50 years after his heroic deeds, an amazing Vietnam War veteran will be awarded with the nation's highest military honor for valor.

It was in May of 1967 that Army Maj. Charles Kettles helped save the lives of over 40 soldiers. During this time he had led several helicopter trips to help evacuate wounded soldiers. He even went as far as returning to the landing zone solo, without any aerial support in order to continue to rescue soldiers that had been pinned down by enemy fire.

Kettles finally retired from the army in 1978 as a lieutenant colonel.

It was William Vollano from the Veterans History Project who launched a formal campaign in order to improve Kettles' Distinguished Service Cross to the Medal of Honor.

Not only will Kettles be given the Medal of Honor by President Obama, but he will also be inducted into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes.

The Army reported that even with an incredibly damaged helicopter, Kettles was absolutely determined to ensure that every wounded warrior was saved.

His honors are certainly more than deserved.

 

 

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) has been providing financial assistance 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 Is Defense Schools' Teacher of the Year

Kelisha Wing, who is an Army veteran, has been named the Department of Defense Education Activity Teacher of the Year!

Wing teaches eighth-grade English language arts at Faith Middle School at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Linda Curtis, the DoDEA's principal deputy director, was quoted saying that not only is Wing a terrific teacher but she truly connects with her students because,

“She served in the military for six years and is a military spouse, and she can totally identify with our students, their lives, and the unique circumstances they experience — deployment of a parent, frequent moves and many transitions. She has been a secretary, an educational aide, an administrative officer, and a substitute teacher and she has a deep understanding how critical school support and educational support employees are to schools and to student success.”

Wing will now be considered in the nationwide competition for National Teacher of the Year and will even be recognized by the president at the White House next year.

 

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) has been providing financial assistance 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 Wins Silver Medal in Cycling at Warrior Games

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The Warrior Games began on June 15th and since the more than 250 wounded veterans representing teams from the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, U.S. Special Operations and United Kingdom armed forces have been competing.

These wounded heroes have been competing in cycling, shooting, archery, swimming, track and field, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basket ball.

Lance Cpl. David Shaw is the Royal Army veteran who earned a silver medal in the men's recumbent cycling event.

Shaw also earned a silver medal in men's shot put in his disability category.

Shaw was completely floored after these wins.

Following the cycling competition, Shaw was quoted saying,

"It felt absolutely amazing".

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) has been providing financial assistance 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 Remembered For His Service to Homeless Vets

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Harry Phillips was a Vietnam Veteran who at times in his life was homeless. Unfortunately Phillips passed away earlier this week.

Even though he endured difficult times, Phillips dedicated a majority of his life to helping out other homeless veterans.

Phillips served for three years and was then honorably discharged. After falling on hard times he eventually ended up in a homeless shelter.

Phillips worked for many years at the Valor Clinic, a shelter for homeless veterans.

Mark Baylis, the founder of the Valor Clinic was quoted saying,

"He was a 68-year-old combat veteran and one of the guys who made you laugh all the time...I was proud to know him".

Many paid their respects and over 40 bikers showed up in order to honor Phillips.

 

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) has been providing financial assistance 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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Son Creates PTSD App to help Veteran Father

Tyler Skluzacek's father, Patrick Skluzacek,  was deployed to Iraq from 2006 to 2007.

When his father returned from his time in service he struggled with falling asleep and night terrors, symptoms common among those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

When his father came back home from Iraq, Tyler was young and only in 7th grade. He had difficulties understanding PTSD and the mental issues associated with it.

It has been nine years since then and Tyler recently graduated with a bachelors in computer science.

Tyler put this new knowledge to the test and created an app to help his father cope with his PTSD.

The app is called My-Bivy and is worn on the wrist or used on a mobile device.

The app is designed to track an individual's heart rate and movements in order to track night terrors.

When a night terror is detected, it will send gentle buzzes to the wrist in order to shake the subconscious.

Tyler is currently working with the Department of Veteran Affairs to see how this app can help countless in the future.

 

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) has been providing financial assistance 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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Rutgers Creates Scholarship Dedicated To Fallen Veteran

 

Joshua Piccoli was a former Marine sergeant who was among the U.S. forces who invaded Iraq in 2003 and finally retired in 2006 after a second tour in Afghanistan.

Upon his return to the U.S., Piccoli began his pursuit of his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University. Piccoli became the first student in the work-study program in the veterans service officer.

Although he had finished his degree and transitioned into attending Rutgers School of Law, Piccoli never forgot about his fellow veterans.

He worked endlessly in the Rutgers University-Camden Office of Veterans Affairs for six years and played a part in many fundraising events to support fellow veterans programs.

Unfortunately during his second year of law school, Piccoli passed away.

Rutgers is now taking steps to create a scholarship in his name.

The director of the university office of veterans affairs, Fred Davis, was quoted saying,

“He was totally involved with veterans and was an upstanding individual who handled other veterans with honor and loyalty. By establishing this scholarship, it allows his memory to live on”.

 

 

 

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) has been providing financial assistance 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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