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Meet Bruce Messer

Bruce was born in Columbus Ohio and raised In Darbydale Ohio. Bruce selected the Army because growing up he always enjoyed playing in the mud and wanted to be the boots on the ground.  During a helocast in the middle of winter, he over-rotated on his jump, causing him to belly smack onto the ice-cold […]

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Meet Jeff Ward

Shortly after high school in 1994, Jeffrey Ward enlisted in the Marine Corps. His basic training took place at MCRD San Diego and his infantry training was completed at Pendleton, CA. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. For a time he was discharged for humanitarian reasons until the event of 9/11. After which he joined […]

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Meet Erik Thompson

Erik Thompson cames from a long line of military men dating back to the Civil War. His great grandfather served in the Calvary during WWI and both of his grandfathers served in WWII; one as a horse veterinarian and the other as a tank commander during the Battle of the Bulge. Erik enlisted in the […]

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Meet Harold Bell

Harold Bell was drafted into the Army in 1966 during Vietnam. He had his basic training at Fort Campbell, KT and then his specialized training in motor transport operations was completed at Fort Huachuca, AZ. Harold was stationed at a Missile Base in San Rafael and was in D Battery as a Battery Courier; running […]

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3rd Annual Dale Beatty Memorial 5K

On Saturday, February 29th, Purple Heart Homes hosted its 3rd Annual Dale Beatty Memorial 5K Run at Eleven Lakes Brewing in Cornelius, NC. We were joined by 150 awesome supports who came out to run for us despite the cold that greeted us when we arrived. The event was a great success! We have a […]

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Meet Reynaldo (Ray) Ochoa

Ray was drafted in 1968, was with 101st Airborne, 2nd of 17 Cavalry.  He was a door gunner on a UH-1Huey in Vietnam.  Ray also fought in Vietnam from 1969 to 1971.  While on a rescue mission, Ray and his crew received enemy fire.  The chopper went down in the jungle. Ray was afterward taken to […]

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John & Parker on WBT

February 27, 2020

On Thursday, February 27th, 2020, our CEO & Co-Founder John Gallina and our COO Tim Parker made their way down to Charlotte to join Gov. Pat McCrory to talk about the latest in the Purple Heart Homes mission on WBT. You can check out their interview here:

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Meet Robert “Dale” Billings

Robert “Dale” Billings was born to humble beginnings in Wilkesboro, NC in 1983 and raised in Traphill, NC. Through school, Billings was involved with sports, the Boy Scouts, and in high school, he got involved in a JROTC program. He looked up to his NCO Senior Master Sergeant and his commanding officer whom he regarded […]

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Meet Sharry Price

Sharry Price has tried to make the best out of everything with her uplifting personality for as long as she can remember. “You can always make it better,” she proudly states. Sharry grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, and when she graduated from high school, she had a plan. It was her decision to join the […]

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Meet Brandon Smith

Born in Arlington, TX in April of 1986, Brandon grew up with a knack for science and medicine; something he attributes to his love of the Doogie Howser Show. Brandon’s earlier years were quite hard as his single mom, his sister, and himself were quite poor. Eventually, Brandon and his sister would move in with […]

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Happy New Year 2020

Wrapping up another year and another decade, its always fun to reminisce about the accomplishments we’ve experienced at Purple Heart Homes. Starting the year at 440 Veterans served, we had hoped to meet and serve more and more. Along the way, we got to enjoy some awesome moments. One of our big highlights this year […]

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Meet Mark Schroeder

Mark joined the U.S. Marines in 2002. Because he was a Fire Fighter and EMT, he was inspired to join the military because of 911 and he chose the Marines because he wanted to be in the heart of the action. After basic training in California, he was stationed in Iraq near the Syrian border. […]

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