Veteran Stories

Justin Snider

As a child, Justin Snider was always intrigued by military films. His grandfather served with the Marines and his uncle served with the National Guard. His brother-in-law also served with the Navy. After his childhood friend was killed in Iraq back in 2008, Justin knew that it was time to take action. Justin enlisted in […]

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Rodger Downing

Rodger Downing has a family history of men who served our country and believes it is everyone’s obligation. That’s why he joined the U. S Marines Corps in September, 1985. Rodger reported to Parris Island, SC, for his Basic Training in 1986, and then on to Infantry Training School at Camp Geiger, NC for assignment […]

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James Schenk

James spent his military career with the U.S. Navy in submarines. He enlisted in 1966, and was sent to Great Lakes Naval Station, Illinois, for basic training, and stayed there for electronics school. He was then sent to Groton, CT, in 1968. His career on submarines started on a WWII sub, the USS Grouper. His […]

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Alex Rychlik

Alex joined the U.S. Navy in 2005 because he wanted to serve his country and experience military life. His basic training was completed at Great Lakes, IL and his advanced training in Pensacola, FL. During his time in the Navy he served aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Enterprise based out of Norfolk, VA. Alex was […]

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David Cantrell

In 1967, when David Cantrell received his notice from the U.S. Government that he was designated as 1A and would soon be drafted, he decided to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. David comes from a large family. Four of his brothers served our country, only David was sent to Vietnam. His Basic Training was […]

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Hugh McClenney

Hugh McClenney was drafted in the U. S. Army in 1969. He comes from a family of military men. His father served in WWII, and his oldest son is getting ready to retire from 20 years of service in the U. S. Marine Corp. Hugh did his basic training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and […]

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High School Students help Purple Heart Homes with renovations in Ohio

January 24, 2017

Saint Edward High School students are helping out Purple Heart Homes with renovation on a home near Cleveland’s west side. The home will be renovated, brought up to code, receive energy efficiency upgrades along with new flooring. Expected move in date is late May for a Navy Veteran who served in the Persian Gulf and […]

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Remembering Dr. King’s call to serve

January 16, 2017

Cities across the country are living Dr. King’s Legacy through affordable housing and providing opportunities for service. “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A […]

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Willie Gray

The year 1964 was a period of social unrest in Mississippi, and Willie Gray decided he wanted to make a difference, so he volunteered to join the U.S. Army. Both his brothers were already serving, and Willie wanted to follow in their footsteps. Between the three of them, they gave our country almost 50 years […]

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Purple Heart Homes project named one of Team Depot’s Top Transformations of 2016

January 6, 2017

A Purple Heart Homes Colorado Front Range Chapter project for a 90 year old WWII Veteran was named as one of Team Depot’s Top Transformations of 2016. The project included a bathroom renovation and backyard makeover with raised garden beds. Team Depot projects impact Veterans in every state. In 2016 Home Depot associates volunteered on […]

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Purple Heart Homes Veteran Sandra Lee to star in Musical

January 5, 2017

Veteran Sandra Lee and Tony nominee Will Swenson will be staring in Waterwell’s Blueprint Specials. The Musical with be staged on the Intrepid Aircraft Carrier. Lee was part of the Purple Heart Homes Veteran Home Ownership Program in 2013. After high school Lee was studying opera but her life was forever changed when she enlisted […]

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Is your New Year’s Resolution to give back?

January 4, 2017

Have you made a New Year’s Resolution?  Did you know that millions of American’s make resolutions each year? Consider making your resolution count this year by giving back. The Home Depot highlights five organizations that make it easy to give back, including Purple Heart Homes. Take a look.

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