HFOT In the News

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. 

Valley News, Feb. 15, 2018 An Army Veteran who was severely wounded while serving his country officially began a new chapter Saturday, Feb. 10, when he received the keys to a specially adapted custom home in Temecula Valley Wine Country. 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. 

Taunton Daily Gazette, Feb. 2, 2018 The Red Cross and Homes For Our Troops team up for a blood drive at the HFOT headquarters in Taunton. 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.

ABC 27 WHTM, Jan. 14, 2018 Army Sergeant Lyndon Sampang, who was severely injured in Afghanistan, will receive a new home. 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. 

Tillsonburgnews.com, Dec. 26, 2017  Syndicated Columnist Amy Dickinson highlights Homes For Our Troops as one of her favorite charities to donate to during the Giving Season. 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.

Consumer Reports, Dec. 9, 2017  If you’re planning to make a charitable donation this holiday season, make sure you know more about the group than just the name it goes by. 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.

TMZ, Nov. 10, 2017 Ben Stiller and a bunch of other celebs marked Veterans Day by supporting Homes For Our Troops with a massive online auction. 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.

Crookstone Times, Aug. 21, 2017 A Minnesota veteran who lost his sight after a roadside bomb exploded while he was serving in Iraq has a new home. 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.

The San Diego Union-Tribune, Aug. 5, 2017  Retired Army sergeant Cristian Valle is about to begin what will likely be his last journey home. Read more.

ABC News, July 26, 2017 HFOT home recipient Timothy Birckhead and family surprised with visit from Steph Curry. Read more. 

KPVI, July 15, 2017 Homes For Our Troops awards a new home to Marine Corporal Phillip Baldwin at a special ceremony in Fort Hall, Idaho. Read more.

CBS8, July 15, 2017 A Marine severely injured by an IED explosion receives the keys to his brand new, custom adaptive home in Fallbrook, Calif. Read more.