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New Roof, Electrical System Ensure Korean War Veteran a Safe, Healthy Home


Purple Heart Homes, Lowe’s, Owens Corning Partnered to Complete Critical Repairs


There aren’t enough words to tell everyone how much I appreciate them.

— Aaron Cash,
Korean War Veteran
Recipient of 3 Purple Hearts &
1 Bronze Star

RIDGE MANOR, FLA. June 19, 2024 — Thanks to the support of his community and the work of Purple Heart Homes to make critical health and safety repairs to his home of 30 years, decorated Korean War Veteran Aaron Cash now lives without worrying about the next rainstorm or cold weather snap.

Nearly $40,000 worth of repairs and renovations to Cash’s home were made possible thanks to a grant from Lowe’s, an in-kind donation of roofing material from Owens Corning, and pro bono or discounted services provided by community partners, including Batterbee Roofing, KevCo Builders and TB Premium Electric.

Cash came to Purple Heart Homes seeking help with a leaking roof and a failing electrical system. The problems with his home’s wiring made it impossible to heat his home in the winter, meaning this survivor of the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, where troops endured extreme cold and frostbite, was now once again battling the elements—this time in his own home.

Purple Heart Homes marked the completion of Cash’s repairs with a traditional Mission Complete ceremony to honor the veteran’s service, as well as to thank community partners and donors who made the projects possible. The South Sumner High School NNDCC served as honorary color guard for the event.

“I cannot believe the work they have done on my house,” Cash told supporters at the event. “There aren’t enough words for me to tell everyone how much I appreciate them.”

Cash served nine years in the U.S. Army, fighting alongside the Marines in seven major battles and two invasions. His remarkable record of service includes roles as a Military Police Officer, a tank trainee, and even serving as a bodyguard for the scientist who invented nerve gas.

He earned a Bronze Star for his courage saving a colonel during the second invasion and three Purple Hearts for injuries sustained during combat. Those injuries were sustained surviving a grenade attack, a bayonet stabbing, and the brutal conditions of Chosin Reservoir. The injuries from that battle, the survivors of which are dubbed the “Frozen Chosin,” eventually crippled his legs.

“The price Aaron paid to serve and protect his country is unfathomable. We are grateful for his service and sacrifice,” said John Gallina, CEO and co-founder of Purple Heart Homes. “Providing this war hero a comfortable home to live out his life with dignity is one small way we can say thank you. We are grateful to Lowe’s, Owens Corning and all our community partners for making this possible.”

To learn more about supporting the work of Purple Heart Homes or applying for services, visit

About Purple Heart Homes

Co-founded by two combat-wounded veterans, Purple Heart Homes has been bringing communities together to provide safe, barrier-free housing solutions for qualified veterans since its founding in 2008. A nonprofit organization based in Statesville, N.C., PHH supports service-connected disabled and senior veterans from all eras across the continental U.S., Hawaii and Puerto Rico through a growing network of local chapters. Programs include critical home repairs and renovations to help veterans live independently in their homes, home ownership programs, and transitional housing through partnerships with other nonprofit organizations. Learn more at


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