HFOT In the News
The Daily Tribune, Oct. 13, 2018 For U.S. Army Veteran Robert “Finn” Visbal, his new home is more than sparkling modern appliances, hardwood floors and around 2,650 square feet of space. His Homes For Our Troops residence is a “sanctuary.” Along with helping regain his independence, the Cartersville one-story house enables the 29-year-old to confidently oversee his toddler’s active nature, with its open floor plan offering unobstructed views. Read more.
The Daily Chronicle, Oct. 11, 2018 Army Sergeant Jereme Sawyer’s life changed forever the moment a reverse pressure plate improvised explosive device detonated under his feet on April 3, 2012, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Read more.
Spectrum News, Sept. 29, 2018 It was a very special day for one Oswego County Army Veteran and his family. Homes For Our Troops presented retired Army Specialist Ryan Wilcox and his family a new home in Mexico, N.Y. The house was built specifically for Wilcox’s needs. Read more.
Local SYR, Sept. 29, 2018 A local injured Veteran moved into his new home Saturday afternoon. It was built from scratch with the help of Homes For Our Troops, a non-profit helping post-9/11 service members. Read more.
KKCO 11, Sept. 14, 2018 A Montrose Veteran just got back home on Thursday from kayaking the Grand Canyon. It’s a feat none-the-less, but Steve Baskis is blind. He was injured during a tour in Baghdad. Read more.
PR Newswire, Sept. 6, 2018 The Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress, in collaboration with Homes For Our Troops (HFOT), will host a special Panel discussion on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. Read more.
News Channel 12, Sept. 3, 2018 A car show Monday was used to help raise money to help a group build a home for a wounded warrior. Proceeds go to build a specially-adapted home for a local Marine Corps Veteran, Christopher Hancock, who lost both of his legs while deployed overseas. Read more.
Montrose Press, Aug. 28, 2018 Army Specialist Steven Baskis is close to moving into his new home. The Veteran, who is receiving an adaptive home from the nonprofit Homes for Our Troops, received some help from the community this past Saturday during the Homes For Our Troops Volunteer Day. Read more.
The Daily Gazette, Aug. 17, 2018 Following the destruction of his house in 2016, Marine Sergeant Joshua Bouchard of Granby, who has severely injured while serving in Afghanistan, has rebuilt his home with the help of Homes For Our Troops. Read more.
Sturgis Journal, Aug. 6, 2018 The ninth annual Homes For Our Troops fundraiser was the most successful yet. Organizers and hosts Jim and Peggy Fassett said a preliminary review of proceeds from Saturday’s six-hour event at their Mendon-area residence shows more than $17,000 was donated. Read more.
Taunton Daily Gazette, July 31, 2018 During a sweltering week, the kids of Tender Times daycare are hoping a little lemonade can go a long way. Owner Michelle Tynan-Darling and about ten kids at the Raynham daycare and preschool set up a lemonade stand, hoping to raise money for Homes For Our Troops. Read more.
FOX43, July 21, 2018 More than 100 volunteers turned out Saturday in Adams County with the mission of helping a Veteran. It’s part of the Homes For Our Troops organization, which builds and donates specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans. Read more.
ABC27 News, July 21, 2018 Everyone wants their dream house. Army Sergeant Lyndon Sampang and his family are finally getting it. Homes For Our Troops is building the Veteran a custom, accessible home in Gettysburg. Read more.
Mansfield Magazine, July 18, 2018 Mansfield’s own Omar Milan grew up wanting to be in the military. So it was no surprise when he graduated high school and joined the Marines. His service took him around the world to places like Iraq, Africa, and finally, two tours in Afghanistan. It was in Afghanistan on January 9, 2012, that his life forever changed. Read more.
WKYT CBS, July 16, 2018 For the ninth straight year former Kentucky and NFL tight end Jacob Tamme has hosted the Swings for Soldiers Classic in Lexington, benefiting wounded Veterans. The golf tournament, that was held at the University Club, teams up with Homes For Our Troops to build a handicap accessible home each year for a wounded Veteran. Read more. Read more.
King5 News, July 7, 2018 The town of Shelton celebrated on Saturday its newest soon-to-be resident, Marine Sgt. Milan Franklin. Supporters gathered at a community kickoff event for Homes For Our Troops, which is building Franklin and his wife a new accessible home. Read more.
CBS Evening News, July 3, 2018 Peter Damon turns out about 30 paintings a year and sells them for between $250 and $1,500. That’s not enough to make ends meet, but it has made him whole again. He lost both arms in Iraq. Read more.
The Montrose Daily Press, July 1, 2018 Retired 1LT Nicholas Morris is a man on an extraordinary mission. His goal is to climb all 53 of Colorado’s fourteeners, plus the five other high peaks not on the fourteeners’ list — and become the first amputee to climb all 58 mountain peaks. Injured in Afghanistan in June 2011 while on a resupply mission, Morris has come a long way in recovery. Read more.
The Herald & Tribune, June 28, 2018 On Saturday, June 23, retired Army Staff Sergeant Josh Hall received two things; a newly built home for his family in his hometown and a start at a new life. Read more.
Johnson City Press, June 23, 2018 We say thank you to Veterans throughout the year with federal holidays, ceremonies and more, but on Saturday, a local veteran received something a little bigger. Read more.
WWNY FOX, June 23, 2018 Corporal Luke McDermott recounted the loss of his legs at a ceremony in the garage of his new house Saturday. He lost them eight years ago in Afghanistan after an insurgent detonated an improvised explosive device under his vehicle while he was on security patrol. Even though he lost his legs he said he doesn’t regret his decision to serve and he would do it all over again. Read more.
Jacksonville Daily News, June 16, 2018 As Marine Sgt Jacob Pope helped his daughter place sod in the yard of their new home on Saturday, many others were at work around them. Some he knew; most he did not. Read more.
News Channel 12, June 16, 2018 Believe it or not it was hard trying to find the homeowner Sergeant Jacob Pope who was blending in with the crowd getting his hands dirty. Even on a day geared towards helping him, Pope was staying busy. Thanks to Homes For Our Troops a national nonprofit, Pope and his family have been donated a home. Read more.
Robb Report, June 15, 2018 Through Winchell Thoroughbreds, Sentient Jets was introduced to Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit that the stable would be promoting through Combatant and Tenfold and their presence at the Triple Crown races. Read more.
Fox News, June 8, 2018 Tenfold, the three-year-old thoroughbred owned by Joan and Ron Winchell who placed third at the Preakness Stakes, will be running for Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit that builds specially designed homes for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, in partnership with his sponsor, Sentient Jet, an aviation company. Read more.
Forbes, June 6, 2018 Only the most cynical could object to the arrangements made by the connections of Belmont Stakes runner Tenfold, a three-way partnership with Winchell Thoroughbreds, the horse’s owner; Sentient Jet; and Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit organization based in Massachusetts that builds custom homes for injured Veterans. Read more.
BusinessWire, June 4, 2018 Sentient Jet, a Directional Aviation company and passionate supporter of the horse racing community, is thrilled to announce its unwavering commitment to raising awareness for Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit organization that builds specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, through the extension of its partnership with Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and sponsorship of contender Tenfold at the 2018 Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9. Read more.
Taunton Daily Gazette, June 4, 2018 On Thursday afternoon, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., stopped by the HFOT headquarters on Main Street to congratulate the organization for reaching the 250-home milestone and present the office with framed remarks from the U.S. House of Representatives. Read more.
Forbes, May 17, 2018 Sentient Jet sponsored Derby contender, Combatant. The goal was to generate awareness and support for Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit organization championed by Combatant’s ownership group, Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Willis Horton Racing LLC. This organization builds homes for severely injured Veterans. Read more.
Horse Racing Nation, May 18, 2018 Among those visiting Tenfold Thursday was 36-year-old Army veteran Brandon Huff, who lost his left leg to a roadside bomb in Iraq. Homes for Our Troops is building Huff a home in Maryland. Huff, two other wounded veterans and Gen. Richard Cody (Ret.), board chairman of Homes for Our Troops, will be guests of the Maryland Jockey Club at the Preakness. Read more.
KPTV FOX 12, May 12, 2018 A new beginning started on Saturday for a local Veteran as he was handed the keys to a specially adapted custom home after being injured while serving in Afghanistan. Alex and Kim Hussey finally have a place to call their own and nearly 200 of their new neighbors and friends were there to give them a warm welcome. Read more.
America’s Best Racing, May 4, 2018 In a world far from the pastoral bluegrass fields of Kentucky and the pleasures of mint juleps and horse racing, Army Staff Sergeant Chris Gordon was serving in the A Company, the 1-5 Infantry Regiment of the 25th Infantry Division in Tal Afar, Iraq. Read more.
The CW33, April 29, 2018 Saturday morning, the Dallas Cowboys brought a $50,000 donation from the NFL to Homes For Our Troops. The presentation was part of a Groundbreaking Ceremony for Homes For Our Troops’ latest recipient, Marine Staff Sergeant and Mansfield native Omar Milan, who was injured in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2012. Read more.
Pro Players Insider, April 23, 2018 On Saturday, April 28, in Mansfield, Texas the NFL, in collaboration with Home for Our Troops, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping injured post-9/11 veterans rebuild their lives, will celebrate the start of construction on a new, specially-adapted custom home for Marine Corps veteran Omar Milan. Read more.
Eagle-Tribune, April 22, 2018 Sunday’s Run for the Troops was a booming success, to say the least. According to race organizer Bill Pennington, approximately 3,900 people participated in the 8th annual race, and a few thousand more watched. Of those who participated, about 400 were veterans. Read more.
The CW33, April 18, 2018 We’re just eight days away from the NFL Draft taking over AT&T Stadium. But, the action isn’t just at AT&T Stadium. It’s all over North Texas with the Cowboys and the NFL launching a set of community projects from NFL Play 60 to student art competitions, a special legacy project groundbreaking at Mayfield Workman Junior High in Arlington, and a special collaboration with Homes For Our Troops to build a home for a wounded vet in Afghanistan. Read more.
YourObserver.com, April 18, 2018 It was March 2, and Kathi Skelton and Deb Kehoe had collapsed into a couple of chairs at Rosedale Golf & Country Club. A full field of 144 golfers had just teed off in their fifth annual Rosedale Golf Classic, which raises funds for Homes For Our Troops. Skelton and Kehoe, the tournament directors, had worked steadily for six months straight to make sure the event was a success, and this was a rare quiet time. Read more.
PR Newswire, April 18, 2018 Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI), a third-generation, family-owned forest products company, is excited to be supporting a build project in Washington state for the national nonprofit organization Homes For Our Troops (HFOT). Read more.
Orlando Sentinel, April 11, 2018 Injured Veteran Christopher Gordon doesn’t shy away from recounting the turning point of his life — when a roadside bomb hit his Stryker military vehicle. He told his story to about 100 people gathered Saturday to celebrate the completion of a specially adapted 2,650-square-foot custom home donated to him by the nonprofit group Homes For Our Troops. Read more.
Inside Edition, April 8, 2018 A Soldier who lost his leg in Iraq has been given a home that will make it easier for him to get around. Army SSG Christopher Gordon lost his leg in 2005 when a roadside bomb hit his vehicle while he was serving in Iraq. He’s been using a prosthetic leg to get around since. But Gordon lacked a home where he could relax, as he relied on his family to move about the house. Read more.
WKMG, April 7, 2018 A national nonprofit organization donated a new, customized home to an Iraq War Veteran and his family Saturday morning. Army SSG Christopher Gordon was shocked when he took his first steps into his new home. Read more.
Fox and Friends, March 31, 2018 Army Veteran and newly crowned Mrs. New York Patti Gomez appears on Fox and Friends, where she talks about Homes For Our Troops as her charity of choice. She competes for Mrs. America this summer. Watch the interview.
Taunton Gazette, March 28, 2018 Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker honored Homes For Our Troops for the delivery of its 250th home by awarding the organization with a proclamation at a ceremony at the Statehouse on Feb. 28. Read more.
Syracuse.com, March 28, 2018 An Oswego County veteran will be moving into a brand-new home later this year, free of cost, thanks to Homes For Our Troops, a national nonprofit that builds homes for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans. Read more.
Fox News, March 18, 2018 Ret. Marine Cpl. Luke McDermott is currently in Pyeongchang, South Korea, at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. But when he comes home to the U.S. — with a gold medal in hand — he’ll return to land that will one day be his home. Read more.
The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, March 5, 2018 Like some kind of hometown celebrity, a massive sign announces the arrival of a new home for retired Army SPC Steve Baskis.The lot is mostly mud with the hint of a foundation located off a roomy lane in a Montrose subdivision. Read more.
KSAT, March 3, 2018 Two military Veterans received a hero’s welcome as they walked into Hoffman Lane Elementary School Saturday morning. Flags, salutes and cheering — It wasn’t a welcome back to the country, but a welcome to their soon-to-be community. Read more.
MA Governor Charlie Baker awards HFOT with Proclamation in honor of 250th Home Build, Feb. 28, 2018 Governor Charlie Baker honored Homes For Our Troops at the State House on Wednesday for the completion of their 250th specially adapted custom home. Read more.
The American Homefront Project, Feb. 19, 2018 Army Veteran Ryan Wilcox is 29, easy going with a big sandy beard. Usually, you can’t tell that he’s wearing a prosthetic. His leg was amputated below the knee because of complications from a gunshot wound he got in Iraq in 2008. Walking is hard, so most of the time he uses a wheelchair. He says getting around in his house is like navigating an obstacle course — one where he gets wedged in doorways a lot. Read more.
The Press-Enterprise, Feb. 18, 2018 Gone are the days when Cristian Valle had to leap out of his wheelchair to answer the front door or reach into the kitchen cabinet. More than a decade after losing his legs in a blast in Iraq, Valle received a home near Temecula from the Homes For Our Troops nonprofit that is catered to his needs. Read more.
The Columbian, Feb. 17, 2018 The weather wasn’t ideal for landscaping on Saturday morning, with temperatures in the 40s and gusty wind sending rain sideways, but that didn’t stop about 100 volunteers from getting their hands dirty. People from across Southwest Washington and throughout the Portland-metro area showed up in force to slog through mud, lay sod and plant flowers at a home still under construction in Washougal. They did it for one reason: to give back to Army SPC Alex Hussey. Read more.
ABC 27 WKOW, Feb. 10, 2018 Army Staff Sergeant Russell Dennison and his wife Samantha have endured a lot over the last six years. In 2012, Dennison stepped on a 15-pound improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan, launching him 20 feet into a creek. Both his legs were amputated. Now, the community is helping to make their lives a little easier. Read more.
The San Diego Union-Tribune, Feb. 10, 2018 Today, Cristian Valle, his wife Blanca and their four young children become new residents of Temecula’s Valle De Los Caballos neighborhood, and the community is invited to join their celebration. Valle is a retired Army Sergeant who lost both of his legs to a mortar blast during a tour of duty in Iraq. Read more.
Valley News, Feb. 2, 2018 Classic hits from the ‘70s and ‘80s blared over a speaker as dozens of people shoveled mulch, planted trees and put down grass outside Army SGT Cristian Valle’s future home in Temecula Valley Wine Country Saturday, Jan. 27. Read more.
Spectrum News, Jan. 27, 2018 In 2008, Army Specialist Ryan Wilcox was shot in the leg while being deployed in Iraq. He later returned to active duty in 2012 and was deployed to Afghanistan. Shortly after, nerve damage in that leg forced doctors to amputate it, which made living at home difficult.Now the organization Homes For Our Troops is building Ryan and his family a home to fit their needs. Read more.
CNYCentral, Jan. 27, 2018 Army Specialist Ryan Wilcox celebrated Saturday with the kickoff of a project aimed at building a new home for him and his family, thanks to an organization with the motto “building homes, rebuilding lives.” Read more.
The Evening Sun, Jan. 15, 2018 After losing his leg during his service in Afghanistan, Army SGT Lyndon Sampang found it difficult to do daily activities. He was selected by Home For Our Troops to receive a specially adapted custom home to accommodate his needs. Read more.
The Watertown Daily Times, Jan. 14, 2018 Army Specialist Ryan Wilcox is longing for things many people take for granted. He is looking forward to playing with his children in the yard, tucking them into their beds at night and even preparing a meal or taking a shower without needing help. Read more.
The Montrose Press, Jan. 9, 2018 When the escort made of area American Legion Riders posts and first responders for Army Specialist Steven Baskis pulled up to Crossroads Victory Fellowship Hall on Jan. 6, the crowd went wild. Read more.
KKCO News 11, Jan. 8, 2018 Army Specialist Steven Baskis lost his sight after he was wounded in the War in Iraq. But he hasn’t let his disability stop him from enjoying the adventure of a lifetime. Read more.
The Montrose Press, Dec. 17, 2017 Since his injury and recovery, Steven Baskis hasn’t lived on his own and has moved a number of times with family and friends. This will soon change as he was selected to receive a home built specifically for him by Home For Our Troops. Read more.
The San Diego Union-Tribune, Dec. 10, 2017 Home something different to each of us. For post–9/11 Veterans who have sustained severe injuries such as partial or full paralysis, limb amputations and traumatic brain injury, home can be a catalyst for change. Read more.
NBC News Charlotte, November 2017 An Army Sergeant received the keys to his new home Saturday, thanks to a local community’s efforts. SGT Donald Walters was severely injured in Iraq and had trouble getting around his home in the past due to his injuries. Read more.
WDBJ7, Oct. 1, 2017 A retired Marine received the keys to his new home in Central Virginia on Saturday. The organization Homes For Our Troops built a home for Corporal Kevin Blanchard and his wife Myra in Crozet. Read more.
KOTA TV, Aug. 19, 2017 A veteran in South Dakota now has a custom home to fit his needs from Homes For Our Troops. Army Veteran Wayne Swier lost a leg and damaged the other in an explosion in Afghanistan, but Saturday he stood tall in front of his new home. Read more.
Fallbrook & Bonsall Village News, Aug. 6, 2017 At the Fallbrook Women’s Connection brunch held on July 21, Scott Youngren of Youngren Construction and former Marine Julian Torres were honored for their community service by several area officials. Read more.