Veteran Stories

James Voss

First and foremost, James Voss enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1996 to serve his country. The education opportunities that came along with serving in the Army appealed to him as well. The Tennessee native completed Basic Training at Fort Benning, GA, before returning to his home state to be stationed in the town of […]

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Clifton Greer

Clifton Greer was 26 years old and married with two children when the Gulf War broke out. The poor state of the economy at the time, his patriotic sense of pride, and father’s 23-year career in the U.S. Navy motived Clifton to join the Navy as well. Naval Station Great Lakes is where Clifton completed […]

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Frank McGinnis

While many military personnel were drafted into the Vietnam War, Frank McGinnis volunteered his service straight out of high school. His father served as a Master Chief in the U.S. Navy for 31 years, which inspired Frank to serve in the Navy as well. Frank enlisted in the Navy in 1972 and completed Basic Training […]

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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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Read Our 2018 Spring Newsletter

April 11, 2018

Read the 2018 Spring Edition of Purple Heart Homes Connections

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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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