Brewster, N.Y. – 9/12/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is very happy to announce that the founders of Army Week Association will be joining his efforts along with Purple Heart Homes to build a home for a service connected disabled veteran within the next year.
Tonight, Thursday, September 12, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Senator Greg Ball will host an informational meeting at the Carmel Town Hall, located at 60 McAlpin Avenue, in Mahopac, NY. At the meeting, Purple Heart Homes will give a presentation regarding their expansion into New York State.
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, plans to partner with Purple Heart Homes to initially build a home locally, and then join efforts statewide in a larger “500 Homes for 500 Heroes” effort.
“I am very excited that Army Week Association will be joining our efforts to build a home for a wounded veteran. 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,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Dale is a great American and a 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.”
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.”
Dale Beatty, Co-Founder of Purple Heart Homes and a 2013 CNN Hero nominee, will give a presentation about Purple Heart Homes at the Carmel Town Hall on Thursday evening.
“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.”
The meeting is open to the public and the press. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to (845) 279-3773 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: Purple Heart Homes Planning Meeting
When: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 5:30 PM
Where: Carmel Town Hall: 60 McAlpin Avenue, Mahopac, NY.
Who: Greg Ball, New York State Senator
Dale Beatty, Purple Heart Homes
John Gallina, Purple Heart Homes
Vicki Thomas, Purple Heart Homes
Army Week Association
MaryEllen Odell, Putnam County Executive
Donald B. Smith, Putnam County Sheriff
Ken Schmitt, Carmel Town Supervisor
Terrence Murphy, Yorktown Councilman
Samuel Oliverio, Putnam County Legislator
John King, Patterson Town Justice
Eugene Parrotta, Senator Ball’s Veterans Advisory Council Chairman
Brendon Fitzgerald, Senator Ball’sVeterans Advisory Council
Ed Cooke, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters
Maria Hlushko, North Salem Supervisor Warren Lucas’ Confidential Secretary
Margaret Cavallo, Hudson Valley VA
Maher Jennifer, Putnam County Chamber of Commerce
Jerry Klein, Mahopac National Bank
Kimberly Osgood, MBIA Inc.
Mario Marcellino Jr., Pelham Bay Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Service Inc.
Anthony Quattrone, Anthony Quattrone Woodstone Builders Inc.
Jay Hildebrandt, Hildebrandt Electric
Carole Amato, Volunteer
John Frayne, Volunteer
The Following can’t attend but have joined The Purple Heart Task Force:
Roger Gross, Putnam County Legislator
Tony Coviello, Town of Beekman Highway Superintendent
Wayne Ryder, Putnam County National Bank
Jonas Weiner, Best Plumbing Tile & Stone
Denise Decker, Volunteer
Dennis McNamara, Volunteer
Dave Drotar, Volunteer
Joe Tansey, Volunteer
Joanne Schneider, Volunteer
MaryEllen McLaughlin, Volunteer
For more information contact email@example.com or (845) 531-9796.