Carmel, N.Y. – 9/13/2013 – On Thursday evening Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) hosted a roundtable at the Carmel Town Hall with Purple Heart Homes to announce they will be teaming up to build a home for a local service connected disabled veteran within the next year.
Purple Heart Homes is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 2008 by service disabled veterans Dale Beatty and John Gallina. Mr. Beatty and Mr. Gallina were deployed to Iraq in 2004 and served together in the same unit. On November 15, 2004, an explosion from an anti tank mine hit their vehicle, and resulted in severe head and back injuries for Mr. Gallina and the loss of both legs for Mr. Beatty.
Senator Ball, Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has partnered with Purple Heart Homes to initially build a home locally, and then join efforts statewide in a larger “500 Homes for 500 Heroes” effort.
“Dale is a great American and hero. 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,” said Senator Greg Ball. “I am asking local elected officials, financial institutions, and community partners to join the Purple Heart Homes Senate Task Force that will be dedicated to providing a local personalized housing solution for a service connected disabled veteran within the next year.”
Dale Beatty, Co-Founder of Purple Heart Homes and a 2013 CNN Hero nominee, gave a presentation regarding their expansion into New York State.
“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 that process,” said Dale Beatty. “We were trained to not leave a soldier behind on the battle field and we are committed to not leaving them behind now that we returned home. Together with community we strive to leave no one behind.”
In Dales presentation he laid out key tasks that the community will be responsible for. Those responsibilities include: appointing a lead volunteer coordinator, appointing a lead volunteer fundraising organizer, helping to find a local general contractor to manage the project, providing a location for bi-weekly volunteer meeting, getting commitments from town officials and helping to raise funds for the home renovations.
Purple Heart Homes remains responsible for taking in veterans’ applications, organizing volunteer teams, managing project construction, engaging professional trades and also hosting and organizing the kick-off ceremony and mission complete events.
Vice President of Development at Army Week Association (AWA) Christopher Molaro, 1LT, FA said he is very excited to see this project come to fruition.
“When I first met Greg Ball while I was a cadet at West Point, I admired him and his relentless effort to continue to serve this nation, albeit in a different capacity than his former job as an Air Force officer, and to fight for members serving in the US Armed Forces,” said Molaro. “Working with Chris Page and Jen Wilson of Army Week Association, I learned about their affiliation with another Veteran Support Organization, Purple Heart Homes, and immediately thought of Senator Greg Ball and the tremendous potential these different organizations, if connected, could accomplish in order to help and serve wounded warriors living in New York. The privilege I had to conduct the initial introductions was an honor and am ecstatic to see the vision coming to fruition.”
“I would like to thank Dale so much for his service and for being here today. Putnam County is a special place, it’s one of the few counties that has it’s own veterans home,” said Sheriff Donald B. Smith. “I look forward to doing something here in Putnam County.”
“On behalf of all the residents in the Town of Carmel I would like to thank Dale for everything he has done for veterans and everything he will be doing moving forward. I think he’s a great source of strength and inspiration for everyone,” said Carmel Town Supervisor Ken Schmitt. “Any projects that are identified, I can step up. We live in a community of volunteerism and we are certainty looking forward to helping out.”
“Mahopac National Bank is very pleased to have the opportunity to be apart of this. As many people know, this is right up our ally. Giving back to the communities we serve is part of what we do,” said Jerry Klein, President of Mahopac National Bank. “We give back to close to 200 organizations and this really sounds like one that is very special that I think our people would rally around.”
“We have 20,000 union professional craftsmen that live and work in Putnam County that are willing to get involved. When you are ready, so are we,” said Ed Cooke of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters.
“As the mother of two daughters I am very grateful for the county we live in and I would like to thank everyone that has served this country and made it an amazing place to raise our children,” said Jennifer Maher of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce. “I have a full list of realtors that are on board along with the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, what ever we can do to help.”
The next steps the Purple Heart Homes Senate Task Force will take on is to identify a local service connected disabled veteran, meet with town officials to identify a home to be renovated, set a schedule for follow-up meetings, identify a community coordinator, identify a fundraising coordinator and develop a timeline for the kickoff ceremony.
Those that would like to join the Purple Heart Homes Senate Task Force should contact Senator Greg Ball’s District Office at (845) 279-3773 or email Krista Gobins at email@example.com.
Service connected disabled veterans that would like to apply for a home can fill out a request on the Purple Heart Homes website by visiting: purplehearthomesusa.org.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (845) 531-9796.