A Helpful Tip

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Cody Almeida was only 11 years old when he became an advocate and supporter for our nation’s most severely injured Veterans. After watching the movie Saving Private Ryan with his father Gabriel, Cody became interested in the hardships Veterans face. A few days later, driving through the center of their hometown in Taunton, Mass., Cody spotted the HFOT office. He asked his father what it was about, so they decided to stop in.

The visit provided all Cody needed to know about joining the organization’s mission. He began selling HFOT gear every weekend at his family’s restaurant, Daybreak Café in West Bridgewater, Mass. Now 18, Cody has raised more than $10,000 for the organization. The restaurant employees also help spread the word about the organization’s mission by wearing HFOT t-shirts, and every invoice the business issues bears HFOT’s logo.

On a recent morning, a Veteran who dined at Daybreak was so impressed with Cody’s efforts he left a $1,000 tip.

As an added bonus, he also left a message for Cody that says, “You give me hope that my service was not in vain and I know the men and women you help with your cause feel the same.”

Cody, surprised by the gesture, knew without hesitation what he wanted to do with the money – donate it to HFOT. “It uplifted my entire day,” Cody says.

Gabriel says his son’s efforts have all been on his own. “It makes you feel proud as a parent,” he says.

As for his future plans, Cody promises to continue his fundraising efforts for HFOT. He hopes his story will inspire other young Americans. “It’s important Veterans know their job was not in vain,” he says.

One response to “A Helpful Tip

  1. Amazing and heartfelt article. I had tears in my eyes just reading it. In my house it’s the other way around. My husband is a us marine with after this enlistment we have one more. Our twlight tour I have been severely sick and disabled since 2003. And had almost died several times. The last one was bad back in 2012. While we were stationed in camp Lejeune NC I was in an Ada. Home. It was great but there was more things that needed to be customer to me. When we retire and either buy or build a house it’s going to cost us twice as much for an ADA home and then the specified things I need. I’m not always in my wheelchair , I try to walk as much as possible but I do have a walker and a cane. It depends on the day. I have the Efmp paperwork which also helps with housing. Currently now where we are stationed, we have been renting off base living due to them not having ADA homes available. They are in the process of building but again they are just typical homes for most disabilities. I’m trying to find something for when we retire. My husband is also in the process of getting his Bachelor degree in criminal justice to go whAt he did in the usmc. I am very proud of what you are doing. Not many young adults think about our Heros and their family.

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