Purple Heart Homes: Helping Vets At Home

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Howard Goldberg and John Gallina of Purple Heart Homes
Howard Goldberg and John Gallina of Purple Heart Homes

In the March 31, 2013, edition of Cleveland Connections we featured a segment on Purple Heart Homes, a non-profit group aimed at helping rehab homes for our nation’s wounded veterans.

History of Purple Heart Homes:

John Gallina and Dale Beatty were best friends. They joined the National Guard together, and served together in Iraq.  Bot nearly died when their Humvee ran over an anti-tank mine on November 15, 2004. Beatty’s left leg was amputated just below the knee.

Gallina suffered a traumatic brain injury, a damaged back and severe posttraumatic stress disorder.

The two men decided to form an organization to do handicapped-access projects for other veterans. They called it Purple Heart Homes.

There are more than 3-million Americans veterans with disabilities connected to their service.

Purple Heart Homes has decided to build its first Ohio home in the City of South Euclid. The project is community collaboration between the City, Purple Heart Homes, the Cuyahoga Land Bank, and Wags-4-Warriors, an organization which provides service dogs to veterans.

Purple Heart Homes has begun renovations on the South Euclid project, known as “Demond’s Place” in honor of veteran Demond Taylor… who will be the recipient of the home once it’s done.

Our guests on Cleveland Connection were:

1. Purple Heart Homes Co-founder John Gallina

2. Howard Goldberg, Great Lakes Regional Director for Purple Heart Homes

To learn more about Purple Heart Homes visit its website:

http://www.purplehearthomesusa.org/

To watch the ABC Nightline story about Purple Heart Homes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ne5t-6DfsE

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