Veteran Stories

Roger Young

In March of 1999, Roger Young enlisted in the military as a 19D Cavalry Scout and would soon be leaving for basic training in Kentucky at Fort Knox. Roger comes from a large family of three older brothers and two older sisters. One of Roger’s brothers served in the U.S. Navy and his dad served […]

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Joshua Dickey

Joshua Dickey had the opportunity to attend Auburn University on a full scholarship for track & field and football. However, after the events of 9/11 took place, he decided to enlist in the Army where he could still receive an education while serving our country. In 2001, Josh completed Basic Training at Fort Jackson, SC. […]

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Blanca Davila-Pabon

The year was 1989. Blanca Davila-Pabon yearned for more independence from her family, the opportunity to travel all around the world, and the skills to grow as an overall person. With all of this in mind, it made perfect sense for her to enlist in the Army. Upon completion of Basic Training at Fort McClellan, […]

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Jose Sanchez

When asked what his reason was for serving our country, Jose Sanchez will tell you, “I love my country, and when I am needed to protect Her from foreign and domestic enemies, I will stand to be called because so many Americans take our freedom for granted.” The Upstate New York native served for over […]

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Michael Yost

When Michael Yost was getting ready to graduate from high school, he was also trying to decide how he could help people and still go to college at the same time. He knew that there was a way to do both, so he decided to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 2005, Michael completed […]

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Shawn Nelson

With his father having served in the Army Special Forces, Shawn Nelson grew up with the Army culture instilled in his childhood home in Durango, Colorado. In Shawn’s words, he was “groomed for the job” to serve in the Army one day. Shawn enlisted in the Army in 1994. He completed Basic Training at Fort […]

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April 11, 2018

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Brandon Schwendenman

Motivated to improve himself and help others, Brandon Schwendenman joined the U.S. Air Force in 2003 to serve in Operation Enduring Freedom. The Roswell, Georgia, native completed Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas before Active Duty stationed Brandon in a variety of locations. Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, Moody Air Force […]

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Dedication to Mission Amplified After Co-founder’s Death

March 1, 2018

Purple Heart Homes’ Executive Director, John Gallina, held a press conference at Richard’s Coffee Shop in Mooresville, North Carolina, on February 27, 2018. Announcements were made about the organization’s plans moving forward after the unexpected passing of Co-founder, Dale Beatty on February 12, 2018. Read full article below:

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Angela Cherico

While in high school, Angela Cherico joined the JROTC program. She experienced different branches of the military in small intervals and discovered that she enjoyed the Marine Corps more than the others. Angela approached her high school graduation with a longing to do something meaningful and profound. It was at that point when she decided […]

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Purple Heart Homes to Attend the NAHB’s 76th International Builders Show

January 6, 2018

Purple Heart Homes will be recruiting HBA members to support their mission of “Improving Veterans’ Lives One Home at a Time” while attending the National Association of Home Builders’ 76th International Builders Show. The show is set to take place January 9-11 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Read full press release […]

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December 12, 2017

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