Posted by: Dan Curtis
MAHOPAC, N.Y. – A roundtable meeting of Putnam County and state officials was held at Carmel Town Hall Thursday evening to discuss the potential for a home to be constructed in Putnam County for a disabled veteran.
Purple Heart Homes, a registered non-profit organization founded in 2008, is hoping to partner with Senator Greg Ball and Army Week Association to initially build one home locally with the ultimate goal of creating a statewide project called “500 homes for 500 Heroes.”
Service disabled veterans Dale Beatty and John Gallina, co-founders of Purple Heart Homes, were deployed to Iraq in 2004. They served together in the same unit until an explosion from an anti tank mine hit their vehicle, resulting in severe head and back injuries for Gallina and the loss of both legs for Beatty.
Beatty led the presentation Thursday and stressed the importance of disabled service veterans having accessible homes that are custom built to fit their needs. He hopes that Putnam County communities will welcome the chance at constructing these homes.
“Purple Heart Homes looks forward to working with Senator Ball and his team to do a project for a service connected disabled veteran in Senator Ball’s Senate District. We believe the successful reintegration process of our veterans begins with community. We help facilitate the process,” Beatty said.
“We were trained not to leave a soldier behind on the battlefield and we are committed to not leaving them behind now that we returned home. Together with community we strive to leave no one behind.”
Senator Ball said he is excited to be working to build a home for a wounded veteran and he is asking local elected officials, financial institutions, and community partners to join in the effort. He also praised Beatty for turning the tragedy of losing his legs in combat into a positive venture.
“Dale is a great American and a hero,” Ball said. “Dale has selflessly taken a personal tragedy and turned it into a wonderful initiative that he has taken nationwide. When I first spoke with Dale on the phone, I knew this was something we needed to bring to my district.”
All of the officials present at the roundtable discussion Thursday were in favor of the idea of building a home for a wounded war hero in Putnam County, however, there is currently no timetable on when a construction project could begin. (ARTICLE)