CNN Hero Dale Beatty

Brewster, N.Y. – 03/25/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, along with Purple Heart Homes Co-founders Dale Beatty (a 2013 top 10 CNN Hero) and John Gallina will visit students from Mr. Brian O’Connor’s 5th grade class at Seven Bridges Middle School in Chappaqua on April 3rd at 1:15 PM.

Brian O’Connor, a middle school teacher at Seven Bridges Middle School in Chappaqua, NY has built a lesson plan for his 5th graders about heroes and role models.  He has the students watch CNN Hero segments, then they discuss why individuals selected by CNN have become heroes and role models. He encourages the class to emulate their spirit by overcoming odds and obstacles to achieve a dream and make the world a better place.  Then he has his students write letters to selected heroes thanking them for what they do.

A stack of those letters arrived at the Purple Heart Homes headquarters in Statesville, NC in a bundle with a letter from the teacher — Brian O’Connor thanking CNN Hero Dale Beatty for his service to our country.

As a result of those letters, on Thursday, April 3, 2014 — at 1:15 PM Purple Heart Homes Co-founders along with Senator Greg Ball will pay a visit to the Seven Bridges Middle School — so the 5th graders can meet actually meet CNN Hero Dale Beatty and John Gallina.

Senator Greg Ball will present a Senate proclamation to Brian O’Connor and the 5th grade students in his class.

“Today, the sad truth is that students look up to athletes, models and reality TV stars. However, the true heroes are the less than one percent of men and women that protect our country, our military service members. I would like to commend Brian O’Connor for the important life lessons he is instilling into his students. Teaching them the difference between a reality TV star and our true heroes that serve overseas protecting the United States of America,” said Senator Greg Ball. “It is awesome to be teaming up with Dale and John from Purple Heart Homes to visit with these future leaders, as well as working with them to renovate a home in Pawling for Private Daniel Flanigan, a service-connected disabled veteran and Purple Heart recipient.”

Brian O’Connor has been teaching for 14 years.  He has been a teacher at Seven Bridges Middle School since it opened in 2003. Mr. O’Connor has been working with the students to prepare questions to ask both Dale and John during the visit.

Purple Heart Homes is a non-profit based in Statesville, NC co-founded in 2008 by Dale Beatty and John Gallina. Beatty and Gallina, two Iraq combat wounded Veterans that remain on a mission to provide housing solutions to service connected disabled veterans that served in all eras.

After the middle school visit, Senator Ball, Dale and John will introduce the community to Private Daniel Flanigan, a service-connected disabled Vietnam Veteran, that will be the recipient of a complete home renovation. The Community Kickoff Event will be hosted at Patterson Fire Department located at 13 Burdick Rd, Patterson at 6 PM.

What: Senator Ball and Purple Heart Homes Visit Seven Bridges Middle School

When: Thursday, April 3, 2014 1:15 PM

Where: Seven Bridges Middle School: 222 Seven Bridges Rd, Chappaqua,

For more information, please contact or (845) 531-9796


About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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