Veteran Stories

James Jones

James grew up in a family devoted to serving their country. His Grandfather served in World War I, his father served in World War II and his Uncle served and is missing in action (MIA) in Korea. After that lifelong exposure to the meaning of service, James understood call of duty, enlisted and completed his […]

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Robert Sasso

Robert joined the U.S. Army in 2008. He was in law enforcement with the Leon County Florida SWAT Team and also worked with the Sheriff’s Department before heading off to basic training in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He always wanted to be a soldier, perhaps because both his father and his grandfather also served in the […]

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Jackie Drakeford

Jackie Drakeford enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps December 2, 1965, and he comes from a family of military veterans. His three brothers served in Vietnam the same time as Jackie, and they didn’t see each other for over 4 years. He did his basic training at Parris Island, went for advanced infantry training at […]

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Ryan Foote

Ryan has always known that at some point in his life he would join the military, most likely the Army, because he wanted to do a job that was tough and dangerous. His Dad served in the Navy. Ryan is the youngest of six children and saw all his brothers and sisters go into either […]

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Roger Melville

Roger Melville enlisted in the US Air Force wanting to serve his country. He comes from a long line of military men, including his father, who served in Korea, grandfather in WWI, and two uncles in WWII. Roger started his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX, and was later based […]

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Meet the Co-Founders

John Gallina and Dale Beatty joined the North Carolina National Guard in 1996. During their service to our nation both Gallina and Beatty had the opportunity to respond to calls from the Governor of North Carolina to help victims of Hurricane Fran and Hurricane Floyd. It was through those experiences that they gained their humanitarian […]

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Operation: Veteran Home Renovation

Purple Heart Homes is proud to present Operation: Veteran Home Renovation. Purple Heart Homes is partnering with participating credit unions to identify older Veterans who need a ramp, grab bars, railings, a clean yard or a fresh coat of paint on the inside or outside of their homes. Credit unions will raise the funds needed […]

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Your Dollars at Work – Lauren Hogan

October 10, 2016

On December 21st, 2004, Lauren was wounded in the single deadliest suicide attack on U.S. forces throughout the Iraq war. A suicide bomber disguised as an Iraqi National Guard Soldier detonated an explosive vest in the crowded chow hall tent during lunch time killing 22 people and injuring 72 others. She received a Purple Heart […]

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Read Our 2016 Fall Newsletter

October 7, 2016

Read the 2016 Fall Edition of Purple Heart Homes Connections

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The Golden Corner Chapter partners with Home Depot to help a Greenville SC Veteran

October 6, 2016

Great things are happening in Greenville SC! Our Golden Corner Chapter and Home Depot are working together to make needed improvements to a Veterans home. The flooring in his home is uneven and unsafe to use with his wheelchair or cane. New flooring will help make his life easier and safer.

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Eugene Parrotta, Owner of Three Dog Bite is Profiled by The Examiner News

Eugene Parrotta has opened Three Dog Bite, a restaurant specializing in hot dogs and sliders. Eugene is also the CEO of the New York Downstate Chapter of Purple Heart Homes. A portion of the profits from Three Dog Bite will go to Purple Heart Homes.

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New York Downstate Chapter Interview

October 5, 2016

Eugene Parrotta and Suzi McDonough from the New York Downstate Chapter are interviewed by Vin Dacauino host of One on One.

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