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Veteran Flips Homes For Homeless Vets!


 Kirby Atwell is a veteran who lives in Frankfort, IL. Atwell's first and foremost passion is flipping old homes in order to provide fresh new homes to other veterans in need.

Atwell went to West Point Academy. Once he graduated he quickly went straight into active duty in the Army until 2011.

However Atwell refused to do any relaxing once he got back home!

“I got home from the Army on a Tuesday and was out the door on Wednesday morning, looking for houses to buy and rehab,” he said.

For a time Atwell was able to flip a handful of houses on his own but he soon realized he was going to need a little help. Before long, Atwell partnered up with his longtime friends, Janelle and John Swiercinsky to form a local real-estate investment company known as iCandy Homes. The company saw more than its share of success after flipping over 70 properties.

Even with this success, Atwell knew that he wanted to focus more on veteran aid so he launched his very own company known as Green Vet Homes.

“I learned so much from my experiences at iCandy Homes, but I felt a pull to fully focus on a ‘do-good’ mission," he said. "I’m still able to work with iCandy, but now also able to put my efforts toward other opportunities. Veteran aid is something I’m truly passionate about."

Green Vet Homes specializes in sustainable products and creating as little waste as possible when flipping homes as well as helping veterans in need.

“I’m excited to continue working closely with the HUD-VASH Program; their program is incredible, and it’s motivating for me to be able to provide quality homes for these deserving men and women," Atwell said. "I’ve always been driven to do something unconventional in terms of my career path, but having so much meaning behind your work is the ultimate motivation. Knowing that we’re going to be as green as possible while restoring homes, and knowing that we’re housing heroes in need—you can’t put a value on that.”

 

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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Heartbroken Mother of Marine Who Committed Suicide Gets Free Car

     

 Ernestina Nunez, from Saint Petersburg, FL works as a janitor at a local high school.  Every day she walked to her job carrying three large bags.  Sad, lonely and distraught she made her way, day after day.  She did not go unnoticed in her sole suffering.  Richard Newberry, the owner of an auto repair shop watched her daily trek. 

She looked so sad.  One day, he went out to talk with her.  She told him her story-  That her heart was broken because her Marine son had committed suicide last year.   She felt she had no one in life and nothing to hold to, nothing and no one to live for.  Newberry was touched and he tried to sell her a car he had fixed up drastically reducing the price. The once $1,000 auto could be $600, no, how about $200?  When Newberry realized how little money Nunez had, he offered her the car for free.  She would not accept.  So, Newberry began to live Facebook stream the offer so that she would believe he was for real.  Nunez did not want to take the stranger’s charity but ended up accepting the keys to a new used car.  

Nunez has kept her son’s phone plan active thinking that she might loose the photos on the phone if she let it lapse.  She cries as she looks upon her son’s face.  David Alexander Nunez had completed three tours abroad and when he returned suffered from depression and PTSD

 “He fought a war and he brought that on his shoulder and I guess he could never shake that off and eventually it took him,” she said. “Even so, I try my best to let him know that he went and did a job, a job well done, and to let it go. But eventually he did not. And he left me all alone.”  

Ernestina has a message for service members who return home.  She hopes that her words make their way to the ears of a service member suffering and considering suicide.

 “I don’t want any marines or any servicemen to carry that on their shoulder. They go out of this country and fight for this country and I want them to take it as a job. Do it well done come home and forget all about what they had done.” “Just put it behind.”  

Newberry is helping Ernestina get car insurance and transfer the car.  But, he has also set up a gofund me account to help Nunez in her life.  In 2 days, 83 donors have gifted her almost $4,000.

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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Entire Neighborhood Dedicated for Homeless Vets

In Greenville, South Carolina, Habitat for Humanity has earmarked an entire neighborhood, Grace Point, to be dedicated to Veterans and their families. The block consists of several houses to be remodeled as well as empty lots for which new houses will be built.   The completion date is estimated for 2018 and the total cost of the project will top 1.3 million.  $900,000 has already been raised for the plan. 

“Despite their sacrifice and service to our country, veterans face a risk of housing instability when they return,” said Monroe Free, Executive Director of Habitat Greenville.  “Through the development of Grace Point, we are making a commitment to our local veterans that they will be able to find safe and secure affordable housing in Greenville. We are asking the community to make the same commitment to our local heroes through support of this initiative.”  

On any given night, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that 47,725 homeless American veterans sleep on the street. Here are some quick facts about homeless veterans in America:

DEMOGRAPHICS OF HOMELESS VETERANS

  • 11% of the homeless adult population are veterans
  • 20% of the male homeless population are veterans
  • 68% reside in principal cities
  • 32% reside in suburban/rural areas
  • 51% of individual homeless veterans have disabilities
  • 50% have serious mental illness
  • 70% have substance abuse problems
  • 57% are white males, compared to 38% of non-veterans
  • 50% are age 51 or older, compared to 19% non-veterans

 

Veteran homeless has been a problem all over the country.   Nationwide efforts to assist service members who find themselves in tough times has managed to reduce the rate of homeless by half since 2010 and in 2016 it is down  17% from 2015

If you or anyone you know is a homeless veteran and needs help please call the Bureau of Veteran’s Affairs at  1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838)   There are many programs and assistance available to get veterans into safe housing. 

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 Inch Heels Now Available for Female Amputees

Not every woman likes to wear high heels but not having the option to do so has increased female amputees distress about their condition.   Since 2000, over 1,800 female veterans who have undergone amputations have received services from the Veteran’s Administration.   But, until recently the women had no other option than to wear ‘practical’ shoes.  Many of the women miss the ability to ‘dress up’.

 

Five engineers from John’s Hopkins have been working on the issue and, with the advice of prosthetists from Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, feel that they have come up with a solution.  


“We just want to make quality of life better for veterans,” said Luke Brown, a member of the team.  

 

The device they created is named ‘Prominence’ and although it is not the first of its kind on the market it is considered the most ‘versatile and advanced to date’. l The device can support heels up to 4 inches

 

“High heels have become an integral part of the female lifestyle in modern society, permeating through all aspects of life – professional and social,” wrote the five students who graduated earlier this month from the university’s Whiting School of Engineering in their final project report. “For female veterans of the U.S. armed services with lower limb amputations, that seemingly innocuous, but so pervasive, and decidedly feminine part of their lives is gone.”  

 

“Enhancing mobility for injured soldiers is a top priority”, said Dave Laufer, director of Orthotic and Prosthetic Service at Walter Reed

 

Of course, injured veterans are not the only group of women that the new device will help.  Women who suffered amputations due to bone cancer or diabetes will also have the option to ‘dress up’ with the new device.  Depending on the market reaction and demand the students will decide ‘prominence’ will be patented.  

 

And even though the device will be available for amputees, Dan Ignaszewski, Director of Government Relations and Marketing at the Amputee Coalition, said, “Just because someone wants to wear five-inch heels doesn’t mean one can or should based on their medical condition.  It might be difficult for them to be mobile in a heel. You have to look at things like balance and if the person can walk comfortably. All that is best determined working with a medical team.”  

 

 

   

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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TRUMP SUPPORTERS TURN HOUSE INTO GIANT AMERICAN FLAG!

 

An American Flag House???  You Can’t Miss This!  Literally!

You have seen the roadside political signs promoting someone running for electable office.  We stand them in our yards, place them by apathetic or supportive businesses and organizations and on election days hold them in our hands trying to sway undecided voters to come our way.  But, one couple in Westmoreland County took their support to the extreme!

Leslie Rossi and her husband, whose family owns Westmoreland Mechanical Testing and Research which employs roughly 200 people, decided to make the house a political statement.  The motivation behind the paint job began when Leslie noticed the rising cost in health care for employees and the general apathy of politics and elections rampant in her community.  Rossi believes in the Trump ticket and that Donald’s entourage can ‘fix’ the health care debacle most Americans and their employers face.

Ending Obamacare is something Trump has promised to do and something that has gained him the vigorous support of Leslie Rossi and her husband.

“Companies just can’t keep up with it,” Rossi said. “We either have to charge our employees a higher percentage they pay, deductibles go higher, or a cheaper insurance that’s garbage. We’re paying more than we’ve ever paid before, and they’re not really getting a lot for it.”

Leslie hands out Trump hats and other freebies to the passer bys.

“The overwhelming response has been positive. People drive by and honk their horns and wave and some stop to take pictures and stand on the porch,” Rossi says, adding that a few have even stopped to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

What will happen to the giant American flag house after the election?  Rossi and her husband buy, restore and rent houses.  This one will be restored and repainted after the presidential election and then rented to an American family.

The American flag can be very controversial when we use it any way other than to display it on a flagpole.  A Colorado man was ordered to take his down because it was not on a flagpole.   This photographer who posted a photo of a newborn swaying in a hammock made from an American flag was harshly and widely criticized.   But, we know if you are displaying the flag inhonor of our service members, our freedom and our history…  it shouldn’t be controversial it should be praised!

 

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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Kindness Between Strangers Goes Viral

Too often we hear tragic stories which make us sad or see viral posts which incense thousands of readers.  Today, a story of human compassion told through the lens of small acts of kindness between strangers inspires thousands that people are filled with good inside of them.

 

Tiffanie Miller, a resident of Millvile, New Jersey, was eating lunch with her family and friends at a boardwalk when she noticed a man in his 60’s feeding his elderly father, a Korean war veteran.  “He’s feeding him, cleaning his mouth, and I need to go up to him and let him know it wasn’t going unnoticed,” Miller told The Daily Journal on Wednesday. “He said, ‘Thank you, this is what I need to hear to keep going.’ ”  

 

The man told Miller that he had been his father’s caretaker for over a decade and that he really needed the kind words that Tiffanie told him.  The kindness helped to keep going.  “We went back to eating and he came up to me and said, ‘This is a way I pay a compliment with a compliment — it’s a way for me to say thank you,’ ” Miller said, explaining how the man handed her a note

 

The man, whose name Miller never learned, gifted her with a simple folded napkin on which it read, ‘C.Y.H.’.  He explained to her the acronym stood for the words, ‘Consider Yourself Hugged’ to which she stood from her table and gave him a real hug.  After the hug, Miller thanked the man’s father for his service and returned to her table.

 

Miller was so touched by the experience she took her moment to social media and posted the encounter on the Facebook page of Love What Really Matters: https://www.facebook.com/lovewhatreallymatters/, on which users share inspirational positive stories.  

 

Her post was shared hundreds of times and thousands have been touched by the kindness shared between strangers. 

 

Miller’s 11-year old daughter, Brianna said “I thought, it’s nice to see things like this … with all of the things happening right now, there’s more good people than bad people out there, that’s what I believe.  People need to feel that good inside of them.”  

  

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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After 7 Years Air Force Veteran Returns Home To Family

Mark Lemerond is an Air Force Veteran who has finally returned home this Monday after spending more than half a year overseas. Lemerond was more than surprised when he was greeted by his loved ones when he got off the plane. His family members had to travel from Orlando all the way to Jacksonville in order to give him a proper welcome home.

"Tears and sorrow when he left, now I have tears of joy that he's home and he's safe on U.S. soil," said Carol Lemerond, Mark Lemerond's mother.

Lenerond has been serving in the Air Force for over seven years and this homecoming will mark the end of his third deployment. During his time overseas, Lemerond served as a Senior Airman. Lemerond is a mechanic and found success in repairing and maintaining flight equipment.

Although his mother shared she is immensely proud of all the sacrifices that Lemerond made for his country, she also admits she was certainly worried at times, especially since his last deployment  took place in Afghanistan.

"We had communication over the time that he was gone, and in some instances he was not safe and I can hear the stress in his voice," Carol said.

Lemerond shared that his time overseas was anything but easy but there was always a silver lining.

"Everybody back home keeps me motivated and also to be a part of something bigger than myself," Mark said.

Mark was greeted with a nice warm welcome from his family and girlfriend. His mother and girlfriend brandished giant signs in order to welcome him home.

After stepping off the plane Mark shared,

"I'm going to get a shower and get some food. That's all I want right now."

After Mark has a few days to adjust to civilian life, his family and girlfriend plan on taking him on vacation.

 

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 Clothing Company Donates $200k to Dallas Officer Foundation

A Dallas police officers organization will finally be able to give a helping hand to the families that lost their loved ones during the Black Lives Matter protest that broke out in early June thanks to the glorious help of an apparel company that is funded by veterans. The Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation happily shared with reporters that successful fundraising has lead them to gift at least $50,000 to each family that lost a police officer during the July 7 attack.

A majority of the funds that were raised came from the veteran founded apparel company known as Grunt Style.

Drill Sergeant and Army Veteran, Daniel Alarik is the company's founder.

Alarik shared,

“When you serve in the military, you never lose the commitment to support your brothers and sisters that put their lives on the line every day to serve our country".

Alarik created an exclusive t-shirt in order to honor the fallen Dallas Texas officers that was able to raise over $200,000 in funds. The company happily admitted that since the release of this exclusive t-shirt it was by far their fasting selling shirt since the company launched in early 2009.

Grunt Style was able to personally deliver these massive funds in the form of a giant check to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation yesterday morning at Union Hall.

Although this is amazing news for the families involved in this unfortunate event, rejuvenated efforts by the Black Lives Matter movement have continued to make headlines.  

In light of another protest being scheduled, the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation released a statement,

“The DFOF is extremely concerned with the safety and well-being of the police officers. A little over a week ago, we laid our brothers to rest and many police officers still have not had an opportunity to process and reflect on those losses. This scheduled protest reflects the disconnect that currently exists with Black Lives Matter and police concerns for public safety.”

 

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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World War II Veteran Turns 101!

 

Paul Goodman is a World War II veteran who was able to celebrate his 101st birthday this past Friday at his current residence, the Indiana Veterans' Home.

During his time in service, Goodman was a part of the nation's Navy and served as a fire control man. Goodman is a Bloomington native in Indiana and chose quite a different line of work when he returned home to the United States. Upon coming home, Goodman began his long career as a cabinet maker. Later in his life he was even a professor at Indiana University.

Goodman's family and friends came together to celebrate his special day. Fellow veterans and even two Pacemates also gathered for his birthday celebration.

When Goodman was asked how it feels to turn 101 years old, he playfully answered that it was the very first time he had ever done it.

“Life is not serious. The only thing serious in life is dying and that’s the last thing I’m going to do,” Goodman said.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence presented Goodman the Distinguished Hoosier Award in honor of his birthday.

This award was specifically established in order to recognize outstanding seniors for their lifetime of service to their communities. It is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a senior in Indiana and is usually given to a community's unsung hero in light of the impact they have made in the lives of others in their local community.

Goodman was also proud to share with reporters that he had received an honorary letter from President Barack Obama when he had turned 100 years old.

Goodman was incredibly grateful for the celebration that was held in his honor and for everyone that attended.

 

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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Happy Couple Helps Pair Service Dog With Air Force Veteran

K9s For Warriors is a non-profit organization that is determined to providing service canines to wounded warriors that may be suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, a traumatic brain injury or military sexual trauma due to their time in service after 9/11. K9s For Warriors's primary mission is to help and empower our military veterans in order to return to civilian life with complete independence.

After attending New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton's Black and Gold Gala, Drew Brees and his wife Brittany got to learn about K9s For Warriors and immediately wanted to get involved.

Their first step to helping a potential veteran was sponsoring a service dog. The couple ended up sponsoring a German shepherd mix named "Brees".

With the couple's help the K9s for Warriors Program was happy to announce this past Monday that Brees the service dog has finally met her match. Brees is set to go home with U.S. Air Force veteran April Sandlin.

In order to prepare for Brees's homecoming, tech.Sgt. Sandlin spent 120 hour of intense training with Brees before finally graduating from the 21-day program.

"I can feel a difference in my life," Sandlin said in a statement. "I am very thankful for K9s For Warriors and that Drew Brees was so kind to sponsor my dog. Many things in combat cannot be unseen or unheard. I can't forget those things, but my dog helps me focus on something different -- our bond."

Sandlin suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and remarks that her life is far brighter now that Brees is a part of it.

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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