Veteran Stories

Jesse Gladney

Since Jesse was a Boy Scout, he realized how much he loved peace and protecting people, which is why in April 1987 he joined the U. S. Army National Guard. He did his Basic Training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Jesse deployed to Iraq in 2003 with the 178th Combat Engineers, where he was based […]

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Jay Lytsell

Jay is proud that he comes from a long line of military veterans. His grandfather was in WWII, his father in Vietnam, his brother in the Army, and two uncles served in the Navy. Jay tried college after high school but found it difficult trying to work to support himself and pay for school at […]

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Roy Little

Roy Little was drafted when he was 21 years old, and he knew then that he would be going to Vietnam. “You have to accept what’s going on,” states Roy. “Do what you got to do to defend our country.” Roy packed his bag and headed for Fort Bragg, NC, for Basic Training and then […]

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Donald Gray

Donald Gray is a very positive and patriotic man. When he wakes up in the morning, he believes in telling the day how he is going to feel. When Donald was in high school, he played football and participated in JROTC as well, which became more important to him. He dropped football to devote more […]

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Purple Heart Homes Collaborates with MiTek & Habitat for Humanity in Texas

In early March of 2019, Purple Heart Homes was able to provide a Service Connected Disabled Veteran a new garage for their home in Garland, Texas, with assistance from MiTek USA and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Garland. All of the trusses were donated by Builders FirstSource, and were pre-cut and marked for assembly with […]

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Leon Clem, Sr.

Leon Clem enlisted in the military through the “buddy system.” That is, Leon and his cousin, who was also a good friend, decided to enlist together. Leon had his heart set on the Navy, but his cousin decided to join the Army. So, the buddies stuck together, and Leon enlisted in the U.S. Army in […]

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Construction for 4th Denver Home Nears Completion

Construction on the 4th home in Denver, NC, with 555 Charity began in May 2018. Tremendous progress has been made since then thanks to support from the local community and beyond. Thank you to the following individuals and organizations for their generous contributions: Completion is estimated for February 2019. A Marine Corps Veteran couple and […]

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Read Our 2018 Winter Newsletter

December 20, 2018

Read our 2018 Winter Edition of Purple Heart Homes Connections

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Wayne Orpin

Wayne Orpin wasn’t sure what to do when he got out of high school. He didn’t see a future in his life, so he decided to join the military. He enlisted in the U. S. Air Force in 1954. Wayne completed Basic Training at Sampson Air Force Base in Geneva, NY. From there, he was […]

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Daniella Maciel de Souza

Daniella Maciel de Souza has a compelling story. Ever since she was 11 years old, she wanted to join the U.S. Army, be a fireman, or become a police officer. When it was time to choose in 2002, she chose to enlist in the Army. She was stationed at Fort Jackson, SC, for her Basic […]

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Milton Beamon

Milton Beamon is a very compassionate man. He is well known in his hometown of Statesville, NC, and still carries the childhood nickname, Screamin’ Demon, because he likes to have fun. Milton believes when you smile, the whole world smiles with you! Milton wasn’t always as happy as he is now. He didn’t really have […]

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Al Paquette

Al Paquette enlisted in the U. S. Army back in 1958. He wanted to serve his country and be a Paratrooper. Al completed his Basic Training at Fort Dix, NJ, and attended jump school at Fort Bragg, NC, where he was stationed until 1963. He was sent to Germany from 1963 – 1966, and his […]

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