TAUNTON, MA, March 31, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Homes for Our Troops founder John Gonsalves has announced that the national non-profit organization will hold 10 Build Brigades throughout the United States during the month of April to build specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. Three of the Build Brigades will be held at the same time, in the same town and in the same development where three severely injured veterans who fought for our country will soon become neighbors.
"As a nation we are bound by love of country and appreciation for the men and women who serve in our nations military. No matter where we build in the country Homes for Our Troops has experienced the willingness of communities to come together and roll up their shirt sleeves to help American heroes who have protected our freedom and that have returned home severely injured," said John Gonsavles founder of Homes for Our Troops. "To help our severely injured veterans rebuild their lives and regain their freedom and independence we are holding ten build brigades across our great country during the month of April," Gonsalves announced.
From Bakersfield, CA to Wellington FL; from Columbia, MO to McComb, MS; from Clarksville, TN to Elizabeth, CO; and from Marion, TX to Marion, KS the sound of hammers, the site of countless volunteers and the smell of good cooking will demonstrate the I-CAN in AmerICAN.
Homes for Our Troops will be building specially adapted homes for the following severely injured veterans:
- Army SSG Robert Canine, deployed to Baghdad returned a double amputee. His specially adapted home will be built in Marion, KS April 12-14 (see: www.homesforourtroops.org/canine
- Army SFC Steven Holloway deployed to Iraq returned a paraplegic. His home will be built in Wellington, FL April 12-13 (see: www.homesforourtroops.org/Holloway
- Army SGT Ryan Newell deployed to Afghanistan returned a double amputee. His specially adapted home will be located in Marion, KS April 16-18 (see: www.homesforourtroops.org/Newell
- Marine Lance Corporal Kade Hinkhouse deployed to Iraq returned with severe multiple injuries including a Traumatic Brain Injury and the amputation of his right leg. His home will be built in Elizabeth, CO April 16-18 (see: www.homesforourtroops.org/Hinkhouse
- Army CPL Wesley Leon-Barrientos deployed to Iraq returned a double amputee. His home will be located in Bakersfield, CA April 16-18 (see: www.homesforourtroops.org/WesleyLeonBarrientos
- Army SPC Joshua Wells deployed to Iraq returned a double amputee above the knee. His home will be in Summit, MS (see: www.homesforourtroops.org/wells
- Army SSG Heath Calhoun deployed to Iraq returned a double amputee above the knee. His home will be built in Clarksville, TN April 23-25 (see: www.homesforourtroops.org/calhoun
- Marine Cpl Jose "Ivan" Perez deployed to Iraq returned a paraplegic. His home will be part of the Homes for Our Troops Texas 3-star Build Brigade in Marion, TX April 30-May 2 (see: www.homesforourtroops.org/perez
- Marine Cpl Neil Frustaglio deployed to Iraq returned a double amputee. His home will be part of the Homes for Our Troops Texas 3 Star Build Brigade in Marion, TX April 30-May 1 (see: www.homesforourtroops.org/frustaglio
- Army SGT Nathan Hunt deployed to Iraq returned a double amputee. His home will be part of the Homes for Our Troops Texas 3-star Build Brigade April 30-May 2 (see: www.homesforourtroops.org/hunt
A Homes for Our Troops Build Brigade is a three-day construction blitz when professional tradespeople volunteer their time, skills and materials to get the house framed, install doors, windows, siding and roof to make it weather tight.
Since its inception in 2004 Homes for Our Troops has completed 57 specially adapted homes. It usually has more than 30 homes in various stages of construction throughout the United States each year. It takes about six months to complete a home once ground has been broken to the presentation of the Keys to the veteran. The average cost of each home is about $330,000 depending upon location. The homes are presented at no cost to severely injured veterans thanks to generous support from sponsors, professional tradespeople, foundation grants and community minded volunteers.
About Homes for Our Troops:
Homes for Our Troops is a national non-profit 501(c) 3 organization based in Taunton, MA founded by John Gonsalves in 2004 (see: www.homesforourtroops.org
Homes for Our Troops mission is to build specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. All specially adapted homes are built at no cost to the veteran thanks to donations from
thousands of individuals, foundation grants, corporate sponsors, professional trades people and generous support from countless volunteers.
Homes for Our Troops is proud to be listed in the American Institute of Philanthropy's top rated Veterans & Military Charities where it enjoys an A rating. It has received a Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator. Homes for Our Troops is a member of the National Association of Home Builders and the US Green Building Council.
Homes for Our Troops invites anyone interested to stop by one of the build brigades in an area where you live. Learn more about the organization, sigh up to volunteer or donate to help build specially adapted homes for other severely returning injured veterans.