Veteran Stories

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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Read Our 2018 Fall Newsletter

November 6, 2018

Read our 2018 Fall Edition of Purple Heart Homes Connections  

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Virtual Reality Empathy Experience

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live as a wheelchair-bound veteran in a house that isn’t handicap-accessible? You can now. Immerse yourself in our Virtual Reality Empathy Experience: (for the full 360° experience on mobile devices, click on the title of the video to launch it in the YouTube app)

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Purple Heart Homes, Think Broader, & Wheelhouse Media Launch Virtual Reality Empathy Experience

The First of Many Virtual Reality Experiences Purple Heart Homes is pleased to announce the first launch of what will become a series of Virtual Reality Experiences, inviting dialog around issues related to veterans and the veteran experience and using art as the vehicle for reflection and discussion. On November 1, 2018, Purple Heart Homes […]

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Kenneth Hampton

If you ask Kenneth Hampton what his reason for serving our country was, he might tell you that he was influenced by his older brother who served in the Navy. He might also tell you that his high school friend joined the Army and told Kenneth that the military takes good care of their Servicemembers. […]

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Aqueelah As-salaam

Aqueelah As-salaam wanted to make a difference. She wanted to make something out of her life. So, Aqueelah decided to enlist in the U.S. Army. 1974 was the year that Aqueelah completed Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. She started out as a Private and earned the rank of E5 Sergeant by 1979. Shortly […]

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