HFOT In the News
Vertical Magazine, July 15, 2019 Homes For Our Troops (HFOT), the national non-profit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 veterans, is partnering with AirMedCare Network (AMCN), the largest air ambulance membership network in the United States. Read more.
ABC6 News, July 14, 2019 A Massachusetts Veteran who was injured during the War in Afghanistan is getting a new home. Brandon Korona joined the army in 2010. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2013. Six months into his deployment, he was injured when a bomb hit the truck he was traveling in. Read more.
News Radio WOOD, July 13, 2019 A handicap accessible home was donated to an Iraq war Veteran and his family Saturday in Middleville after years of struggling through a home that was not built to accommodate his needs. Read more.
News Channel 3 WWMT, July 13, 2019 Saturday is a day one local army sergeant will never forget thanks to a special donation from Homes for Our Troops. Similar to Aug. 2, 2007, when Sergeant Michael Gower was severely injured serving in Iraq as an Infantryman. Except unlike that day, July 13, 2019, will be a positive memory. Read more.
Taunton Gazette, July 12, 2019 Taunton-based national nonprofit Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is holding its first Day of Giving on Monday, July 15. The event coincides with the organization’s 15th year of building and donating specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans nationwide. Read more.
The Osprey Observer, July 11, 2019 The community is invited to celebrate the kickoff of the building of a home custom-made in Wimauma for Army Specialist Michael Monthervil, who fell on his neck during a training exercise in Afghanistan, causing a spinal cord injury. Read more.
The Observer News, July 10, 2019 One of America’s finest will be honored from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 27 at the Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin. The Homes for Our Troops event will be a community kickoff for the building of a specially adapted home in Wimauma for former Army SPC Michael Monthervil, who was severely injured while serving in Afghanistan. Read more.
The Enterprise, July 8, 2019 After an IED explosion in Afghanistan led to the amputation of his leg four years later, Raynham native Sgt. Brandon Korona has received accolades from the community, including honors from the Boston Celtics and the Red Sox, for his service. Read more.
WGNS News Radio, July 7, 2019 This coming Saturday volunteers are encouraged to come together and help retired U.S. Army Sergeant Bryan Camacho with landscaping for his specially adapted custom home. Read more.
The Hanford Sentinel, July 6, 2019 Dozens of Lemoore residents and Veterans gathered in City Park Thursday to celebrate its new name: Veterans Park. The ceremony began after the annual Firecracker 5K Run/3K Walk to for the Fourth of July. Read more.
Lowell Sun, July 5, 2019 When Brandon Korona regained consciousness after his truck struck a 200-pound improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, he saw the lower part of his left leg had twisted backward. The 28-year-old Dracut resident enlisted in the Army in 2010 and was serving as combat engineer with the 10th Mountain Division Special Troops Battalion when the accident happened in June 2013. Read more.
Johnson City Record, July 3, 2019 With motorcycle and Comal County sheriff escort, Staff Sergeant Michael Lage and his family were welcomed by cheers of well-wishers as they pulled into the driveway of their new home Friday, June 7, 2019. Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) presented him with a new, fully furnished custom home with special adaptations to meet his needs as an injured Soldier. Read more.
Patriots, July 3, 2019 It looks like Patriots center David Andrews may have recently converted a Buffalo Bills fan during a surprise appearance at Gillette Stadium. U.S. Army Sergeant Brandon Korona, his wife Chelsea, and their dog, Ace, were visiting Gillette Stadium last Friday for an interview with WCVB News Center 5’s Dough Meehan to share Brandon’s story in advance of this year’s Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 road races at Patriot Place and Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, July 3. Read more.
WCVB Channel 5, July 1, 2019 The New England Patriots are pitching in to help build a home for a local Veteran and his family. Brandon Korona lost his left leg below the knee from an IED in Afghanistan. The group Homes For Our Troops is building Korona and his wife Chelsea a specially adapted home. Read more.
The Orlando Sentinel, June 25, 2019 For retired Army SGT Patrick Wickens, who lost his right leg during a rocket attack in Iraq, moving around in his Orlando home is challenging. He must navigate his wheelchair through tight spaces and is often forced to hop around on one leg. If he wants to take a shower, he has to carefully guide his wheelchair through the narrow hallway and then bound into the bathtub, making sure he doesn’t slip and fall. Read more.
CBN News, June 24, 2019 A non-profit charity is helping wounded US Veterans start a new chapter in life, building new homes for those who have sustained severe injuries during their time in service. So far, the Homes For Our Troops organization has built 278 homes for injured veterans nationwide, according to the organization’s website. Read more.
Williamson Herald, June 19, 2019 Imagine not being able to enter your baby daughter’s room to kiss her goodnight because your wheelchair won’t fit through the doorway. Want to get into a shower without needing help or reach the faucet to wash your hands and face? Sorry. That box of cereal and that bowl in the upper cabinet? No luck there, either. Boiling a pot of water on the stove? Forget about it. Read more. Read more.
The Shelby Report, June 17, 2019 The H-E-B Tournament of Champions is one of the largest charitable events in the U.S. This year, it set a record for Texas charities with more than $10 million raised. The total raised in the 34 years the tournament has been held is more than $118 million. Read more.
Defense and Aerospace Report, June 14, 2019 Brig. Gen. Tom Landwermeyer, US Army Ret., president and CEO of Homes of Our Troops, and Gen. Dick Cody, US Army Ret., the US Army’s former vice chief who serves as chairman, discuss long-term support for veterans, 2020 goals, how to help and more with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian. Read more.
FOX 17 Nashville, June 15, 2019 After losing both of his legs serving in Afghanistan during an IED blast, Marine Lance Corporal John Curtin struggled to get around. Simple activities many of us take for granted, like getting a jar out of the kitchen cupboard or heading down the hallway to the bathroom, became a huge chore. Read more.
Montrose Press, June 7, 2019 Retired 1st Lt. Nicholas Morris is getting closer to moving into his new home here in Montrose. Morris is one of two Veterans in Montrose to receive an adapted house from the nonprofit Homes For Our Troops. Read more.
Wicked Local Plymouth, June 7, 2019 Her life was tragically cut short on one of the worst days in American history, but Jennifer Lynn Kane continues to make the world a better place through a foundation created in her memory. Read more.
Patriots.com, June 6, 2019 Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, the New England Patriots Foundation and Patriot Place today announced that Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building and donating specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans, will be the beneficiary of this year’s Finish at the 50 road races at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, July 3. Read more.
CentralJersey.com, June 4, 2019 For every Patriot Burger purchased at Bubba’s 33, 1002 Route 9, Parlin section of Old Bridge, through July 4, Bubba’s will donate $1 to Homes For Our Troops. Read more.
Cision, June 3, 2019 Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) announced investments and partnerships with 24 veteran and military service organizations to assist with meeting the many needs of our nation’s wounded, injured, and ill veterans and their families. WWP is granting more than $6.9 million to these best-in-class organizations for their demonstrated abilities to fill gaps and augment WWP’s existing programs and services. Read more.
Gettysburg Times, June 3, 2019 More than 75 persons lined the sidewalk in front of Gettysburg’s American Legion building on Middle Street and cheered loudly when Marine GySgt Glen Silva arrived in a parade led by police cars, a motorcycle troop and Adams Regional Emergency Medical Services vehicles. Read more.
ABC27 News, June 2, 2019 Retired Marine Gunnery Sergeant Glen Silva was wounded in Afghanistan on October 12, 2010, while he was on foot patrol. Silva sustained severe injuries after he stepped on an improvised explosive device. Silva, a husband and father of four, lost his left leg and partial amputations of his left fingers and a traumatic brain injury. Read more.
Parade.com, May 23, 2019 There are plenty of ways to help veterans, active-duty military members, and their families. Here are seven ways you can help, from sending a care package to driving veterans to their medical appointments. Read more.
The Daily Chronicle, May 20, 2019 From the beginning, Jereme Sawyer has envisioned his new home being a gathering place for family and friends to do more than just drop by for an occasional meal or sporting event. Saturday, Sawyer got a glimpse of what that will look like in about two months time. Homes For Our Troops, a national nonprofit that builds and donates adapted homes to wounded Veterans, hosted a volunteer event on Sawyer’s property in Tenino. Read more.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 16, 2019 Kevin McCloskey grips the golf club, a driver made to the length of a standard 3-wood, takes his stance, and swivels his head so his left eye, the good eye, is looking straight down at the ball on the tee. Sometimes, he isn’t quite sure if the grip is too firm or too loose, because there isn’t much feeling in his fingertips, particularly on his right hand. Read more.
WMBF, May 15, 2019 Bikers from across our area took a ride on Wednesday to help give Veterans a home. For the Crudes 9th Annual Veteran Ride, bikers met up at the Golden Egg in Surfside Beach and then rode about 180 miles to Red’s Icehouse in Mount Pleasant. The ride ended at Causeway Grill in Garden City Beach. Read more.
MSN, May 15, 2019 The United States Armed Forces is made up of 1.3 million active service members and 800,000 reserve personnel as of September 2017. With the help of Charity Navigator, Stacker put together a list of 86 top-rated charities that support the military, veterans, and their families. Read more.
The Foxboro Reporter, May 15, 2019 Forty-five students in Holly Geffers’ Foxboro High School junior English class have been developing their reading, writing and collaborative skills this year through a Project Based Learning approach to curriculum. Read more.
Market Screener, May 10, 2019 Boeing delivers innovative and agile equipment, capability and services to the nation’s military, but it is equally invested ensuring military forces maintain an advantage after their service is done. Read more.
America’s Best Racing, May 10, 2019 When Country House was declared the winner of the 145th Kentucky Derby on May 4, Veterans injured in the course of their military service shared the victory alongside the horse’s connections. That’s because Country House, sponsored through Sentient Jet, represented Homes For Our Troops, a 501(c) (3)nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans. Read more.
Nisqually Valley News, May 9, 2019 The national nonprofit organization Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) will kick off the building of a specially adapted custom home for Army Sergeant Aaron Boyle on Saturday, May 11. Boyle lost his right arm and right leg while serving in Afghanistan. Read more.
Yahoo Finance, May 8, 2019 Country House was not only the winner of the 145th Kentucky Derby, he is also a reigning champion for severely injured Veterans. Sentient Jet, a Directional Aviation company, sponsored thoroughbreds Omaha Beach and Country House to raise awareness for Homes For Our Troops and its mission to build and donate specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans. Read more.
The Andover Townsman, May 2, 2019 Sgt. Daniel M. Clark, aka “The Singing Trooper,” performed for nearly 350 guests in Andover, at least 100 of whom were veterans, at the Andover Country Club last Friday night as part of the pre-race dinner for the Run for the Troops 5K fundraiser. Read more.
Tame Bay, May 2, 2019 The eBay 2018 Impact Progress Update published today, announced eBay’s new sustainability targets for 2019. The report provides details on eBay’s environmental footprint and progress against each of eBay’s five existing impact goals. eBay have also announced the sixth goal within their Progress Update, aimed at reducing the company’s carbon emissions. Read more.
Breitbart, May 1, 2019 Weather forecasters keep throwing curveballs at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The forecast for race day, Saturday, has gone from rain to sun and back to rain. And the various prognosticators can’t even agree. Read more.
Horse Racing Nation, May 1, 2019 The 2019 Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach was under tack and ready to roll Wednesday morning when it came up to 7:30 and the special Derby-Oaks training session at Churchill Downs. Read more.
The Indy Star, May 1, 2019 Jacob Lyerla was never an athlete. He was a self-described “terrible” student. He wanted out of this village of about 700, so he enlisted in the Army. At 19, he was wounded in an explosion, paralyzed from the waist down, left without part of one leg, scarred on his elbow and face, and with traumatic brain injury. Now what? Read more.
Thoroughbred Daily News, April 30, 2019 Sentient Jet has partnered with the connections of GI Kentucky Derby contenders Omaha Beach (War Front) and Country House (Lookin at Lucky) to support the veteran non-profit organization Homes For Our Troops. As part of the partnerships, Sentient Jet will host a group of U.S. veterans on the backside of Churchill Downs May 2 for an intimate meet-and-greet with the Omaha Beach and Country House teams, as well as an introduction to the rest of the Derby field. Read more.
Private Jet Comparisons, April 30, 2019 Sentient Jet today announced its continued support of Homes For Our Troops, a Veteran nonprofit that served as the subject of a successful awareness campaign led by the jet card provider throughout the 2018 Triple Crown season. The promotion of Homes For Our Troops includes a partnership with Omaha Beach and Fox Hill Farm at the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Read more.
The Eagle-Tribune, April 30, 2019 Army Veteran Kevin Bittenbender cruised over the finish line strapped into his hand-cycle, one of the first finishers in the 9th annual Run for the Troops 5K. But for Bittenbender, 54, the time wasn’t what mattered. He drove five hours from Pennsylvania to participate in his second Run for the Troops event, an incredible day he said shows thanks and appreciation for the service of so many individuals like himself. Read more.
Nisqually Valley News, April 19, 2019 Aaron Boyle, 30, wheels his chair into the kitchen and begins to unload the dishwasher, but his chair gets in his wife’s way as he puts an armful of dishes away. The chair often gets stymied and knocks into the counter or cupboards behind him. Read more.
USAHockey.com, April 12, 2019 Three Marines pushed each other as they recovered and adjusted to a life as double amputees. While rehabilitating at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, John Curtin, Ben Maenza and Joey Woodke discovered they had similar interests, interests that ultimately led to them becoming teammates on the ice. Read more.
MarketScreener, April 11, 2019 The Salute to the Troops Charity Celebration has announced former Navy fighter pilot E. Matthew “Whiz” Buckley as the keynote speaker for its 5th annual event on May 4 at 6 p.m. at The Inn at Harbor Shores in Saint Joseph, Michigan. The event benefits Homes for Our Troops, whose motto is “Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives,” and is presented by the Whirlpool Corporation Veterans Association and The Inn at Harbor Shores. Read more.
The Daily Chronicle, April 4, 2019 National nonprofit Homes For Our Troops has scheduled a Volunteer Day for May 18 in Tenino for community members to lend a hand in the landscaping around an adapted house being built for injured Veteran Jereme Sawyer. Read more.
YourObserver.com, April 4, 2019 Sporting a red shirt, Rosedale Golf and Country Club resident Judy Sanford used her cellphone to capture video of the Honor Guard from MacDill Air Force base lead a parade of vehicles and motorcycles to Rosedale’s clubhouse April 3. The procession marked the opening of the sixth annual Rosedale Charity Golf Classic “Homes For Our Troops,” which raises funds for Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit that builds homes nationwide for Veterans who have been injured while in duty. Read more.
Davis Enterprise, April 3, 2019 Agriculture was a part of Alex Jauregui’s life since his earliest days growing up in Williams. His mother had always worked as a farm laborer — and still does — and Jauregui began working in the fields himself when he was just 11 years old. He continued doing so until he was 18, when he joined the U.S. Army. At that point, he says, he had no plans to return to the fields. Ever. Read more.
Town-Crier, March 29, 2019 After two tours with the U.S. Marines and sustaining major injuries during his deployment, Staff Sergeant Liam Dwyer is finally coming home to the western communities, courtesy of Homes For Our Troops (HFOT), a nationwide nonprofit that builds homes for veterans at no charge. Read more.
Veteran News Report, March 20, 2019 Warrior In You launches Ruck This City, a military-inspired scavenger race series Veteran-founded endurance race donates a portion of proceeds to Homes For Our Troops. Read more.
Virtual Strategy Magazine, March 21, 2019 American Dream Mortgage (ADM), a division of Finance of America Mortgage LLC, joined Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) in kicking off the construction of the home being built for Sean Carroll and his family. Read more.
Canyon Courier, March 12, 2019 American flags fluttered in the wind outside Elk Creek Elementary on Saturday as volunteers, community members and first responders gathered to welcome Marine Corps veteran Sean Carroll and his family to Pine. Read more.
Good Morning America, March 12, 2019 HFOT Veteran and Marine Visnu Gonzalez who was left paralyzed after sustaining sniper wounds in Iraq welcomed a miracle baby girl against all odds, with the help of a New York City doctor whose own father was paralyzed from military service. Read more.
New York Daily Times, March 11, 2019 Visnu Gonzalez was a young Marine serving his second tour in Iraq when a sniper’s bullet severed his spinal cord. In an instant, the 21-year-old corporal clearing houses in the war-torn city of Fallujah was paralyzed from the chest down. Almost everything changed for Gonzalez that day in April 2004 – but not his dream of one day becoming a father. Read more.
KING 5 News, March 10, 2019 After losing a leg to an IED in Afghanistan, HFOT Veteran Daniel Fye didn’t let his injury get in the way of becoming a firefighter. On Sunday, he faced a new challenge 69 stories high. Read more.
ConnectingVets.com, March 1, 2019 The most severely wounded combat veterans often need specially adapted housing, and that housing doesn’t come cheap. That’s where Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) comes in. So far the non-profit, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2019, has built and donated 274 custom homes to wounded warriors with 79 more homes in different stages of being built. Read more.
ABC Action News, Feb. 11, 2019 Marine Cpl Timothy Read was in Afghanistan on October 15, 2010, when he stepped on a homemade explosive and lost his left leg. Because of his remarkable service, college pursuits and desire to help other Veterans like himself, the non-profit Homes For Our Troops selected Read to be the recipient of a new house. Read more.
The Meadville Tribune, Feb. 10, 2019 More than 100 students gathered at the Crawford County Career and Technical Center on Thursday to celebrate SkillsUSA Week, recognizing the work of the nonprofit association and its partnership between, students, instructors and industry working together to build a pipeline to trades and skilled work. The event included a speech from U.S. Marine Cpl Brandon Rumbaugh about the lessons he learned fighting in the Middle East, persevering after losing both his legs in an explosion, and being granted a house from Homes For Our Troops. Read more.
YourErie.com, Feb. 8, 2019 Channellock, Inc., participated in SkillsUSA Service Day at Crawford County Career and Technical Center in Meadville, Pa. as the official lead sponsor of SkillsUSA Week. A Veteran in the Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) program shared his story at the events. Read more.
The Nonprofit Times, Feb. 8, 2019 A record of nearly $102 million was generated via auction and direct sales by nonprofits during 2018 through eBay for Charity, an increase exceeding 20 percent compared to the $84 million raised in 2017. Read more.
Northwest Florida Daily News, Feb. 2, 2019 Homes For Our Troops will soon begin building a custom house for Army veteran Vicente Ramirez. A kickoff celebration is scheduled Feb. 16 in Crestview. In 2006 Ramirez lost his left leg and was severely injured in his right leg by two improvised explosive devices in Iraq. Read more.
PR Newswire, Jan. 30, 2019 This February, the Massachusetts-based national nonprofit Homes For Our Troops is celebrating 15 years of building and donating specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans nationwide. Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) stays with their Veterans after home completion to assist them in rebuilding their lives. Read more.
The San Diego Union-Tribune, Jan. 24, 2019 Toran Gaal has no regrets. If given another chance, he wouldn’t change a thing. He still would have enlisted in the Marine Corps, still would have become an infantryman — still would have done it all. Read more.
PR Newswire, Jan. 24, 2019 Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) announced its support for Homes For Our Troops (HFOT), a nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, to empower them to rebuild their lives. Read more.
Breitbart News, Jan. 20, 2019 A double-amputee Marine Veteran who works as a police officer kept true to his mission of defending citizens against criminals like he defended his country, thwarting a suspected gunman at a Long Island strip club on Saturday. Read more.
Michigan Live, Jan. 16, 2019 A new home with specially designed features is being built for Army Sergeant Michael Gower in Middleville, about 25 miles southeast of Grand Rapids. The home for Gower and his family is being built through Home For Our Troops, a nonprofit organization that builds homes for veterans with disabilities to accommodate their needs. Read more.
Bucks County Courier Times, Jan. 12, 2019 U.S. Army Cpl Kevin McCloskey and his wife Bridget are thrilled to join the Upper Southampton community as they move into their new home donated by Homes For Our Troops. McCloskey lost both of his legs while serving in Afghanistan in 2008. Read more.
FOX 29, Jan. 12, 2019 An Army Corporal and his wife can officially call a new space “home.” On Saturday morning, the national nonprofit, Homes For Our Troops, donated a home to Corporal Kevin McCloskey and his wife Bridget. Read more.
The Oklahoman, Jan. 12, 2019 One thing retired U.S. Army Spc. Adam Putt looks forward to in his new home is the spacious dining room, which he said will simplify family holiday gatherings. That’s not easy right now, he said, with so many people in the extended family for him and his wife, Tiffany Putt. Thanks to Homes For Our Troops, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that builds and donates homes to post-9/11 veterans, Putt and his family not only will get a new home, but one equipped specifically for his needs. Read more.
Oklahoma’s News 4, Jan. 6, 2019 It was nearly 12 years ago now when army specialist Adam Putt’s life was turned upside down. Putt lost both of his legs to an IED explosion in Baghdad. Now, medically retired, he’s had to readjust to his surroundings. Read more.
KING5 News, Jan. 5, 2019 The City of Shelton welcomed a new neighbor to town Saturday – Marine Sgt Milan Franklin. Franklin lost both legs to an IED attack in Afghanistan back in 2011. He’s now medically retired. He walks with dual prosthetics, and sometimes uses a wheelchair. Read more.
Fox 8, Jan. 3, 2019 Garrett Carnes is a “no excuses” kind of guy. It is how he approached his career in the Marines and it’s how he continues to approach life even though he lost both his legs when he stepped on an IED during his second tour in Afghanistan in 2012. Read more.
Patriot Ledger, Jan. 1, 2019 The shining sun and warm temperatures almost made it seem like the annual Rexhame Beach Polar Plunge wouldn’t be so bad, but the strong wind and 41-degree water still made for a brutal New Year’s Day swim. This year’s donations will benefit United Service Organizations and the nonprofit Homes For Our Troops. Read more.
Southcoast Today, Dec. 15, 2018 The Minuteman HOG [Harley Owners Group] Chapter #2522 gathered on Dec. 4 and presented a check for $22,000 to Homes For Our Troops representatives. The funds were raised by the Minuteman H.O.G. Chapter during their 5th annual Ride for The Troops fundraiser event that was held at Minuteman Harley Davidson in Dartmouth. Read more.
Murfreesboro Post, Dec. 11, 2018 U.S. Army Sergeant Bryan Camacho could have lived anywhere in the nation, but he said he chose Murfreesboro for the historic charm and the friendly people. He has been living in Clarksville, he said, because it was his first duty station, but will be moving to Murfreesboro in 2019 after a custom home is built to accommodate his needs. Read more.
Montrose Press, Dec. 4, 2018 Beautiful mountain views with endless places to hike, a close-knit, veteran-friendly community and less dense traffic — that’s what Montrose is for Nicholas Morris. Read more.
Montrose Press, Nov. 29, 2018 Retired 1st Lt. Nicholas Morris is getting ready to call Montrose home. Morris, who majored in political science and is an avid follower of politics, said he is looking forward to possibly one day running for mayor, or finding another way to help the community. For now, he’s looking forward to getting a feel for it all. Read more.
MarketWatch, Nov. 20, 2018 The Boeing Company has announced a $3 million, multi-year investment to help support Homes For Our Troops in its mission to build and donate specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans to enable them to rebuild their lives. Read more.
KING5 News, Nov. 13, 2018 Keith Sekora knows pain, but he has also tasted triumph. As a Gulf War Veteran and King County Sheriff’s deputy, Sekora had already more than answered the call of duty. Read more.
The Union of Grass Valley, Nov. 11, 2018 Local Army Veteran Cody Rice and his wife Shanna have been chosen as the recipients of a new home, thanks to the 501(c)3 nonprofit Homes For Our Troops, an organization dedicated to building and donating specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans. Read more.
Citrus County Chronicle, Nov. 10, 2018 Marine Cpl Josh Langston-White is your average 28-year-old guy – he has a loving wife, an 11-month-old son and on Saturday, he started moving his family into their forever home. Read more.
Newsday, Nov. 10, 2018 Matias Ferreira raised the Stars and Stripes in his front yard Saturday morning and, with his wife and daughter beside him, stepped through the front door into a new, improved place to call home. Read more.
Hollywood Reporter, Nov. 5, 2018 George Clooney, Paul Rudd, Ben Stiller, Kenny Chesney, Ellen DeGeneres, the NBA’s Stephen Curry and more stars have teamed up with eBay for Charity to benefit Homes For Our Troops. Read more.
Invictus Games, Oct. 26, 2018 Sergeant Anthony McDaniel’s son may never fully comprehend the role he played underpinning his father’s extraordinary resilience. McDaniel – who coached the US wheelchair rugby team to a bronze medal on Thursday night – wasn’t around for Anthony McDaniel III’s birth in Mississippi, as he deployed from California to Afghanistan the following day back in 2010. Read more.
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.
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.