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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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