Purple Heart Homes Provides Housing Solutions to Older Veterans Thanks to a Grant from the Home Depot Foundation

 Purple Heart Homes Provides Housing Solutions to Older Veterans Thanks to a
                     Grant from the Home Depot Foundation

Aging In Place Grant Benefits Eight Veterans, Their Homes and Caregivers

PR Newswire

STATESVILLE, N.C., Nov. 19, 2012

STATESVILLE, N.C., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Today, Purple Heart Homes and
The Home Depot Foundation have announced a joint partnership that will provide
housing solutions to older Serviced Connected Disabled Veterans that have
served our country. The grant from The Home Depot Foundation will enable
Purple Heart Homes to help make needed modifications to eight homes including
installing ramps where steps have become obstacles, and making doorways wider
and bathrooms more accessible.

Purple Heart Homes is a non-profit co-founded by Dale Beatty and John Gallina,
two Iraq combat wounded Veterans. Both Beatty and Gallina want to help older
Veterans remain in their homes so they do not have to consider costly

"We founded Purple Heart Homes to help older Veterans and their caregivers to
be able to remain in their own homes by making needed adaptations and
modifications," said Dale Beatty. "We found raising funds to help older
veterans more challenging, but now thanks to a grant we received from The Home
Depot Foundation we are able to help make life easier for those who served
before us."

The grant, in return, will not only help these veterans - it will also help
their caregivers, who tend to be decision makers when older veterans do not
specifically identify their needs.

"There are 3.5 million Service Connected Disabled Veterans that served our
country and two out of five fall into the 55-74 age category," said John
Gallina. "The unsung heroes are their wives and family members that are
caregivers to older Veterans who, each day, help with activities of daily
living," Gallina added.

In Franklin, NC, for example, an Air Force Master Sergeant, 58, who served our
country in the Vietnam and Gulf Wars lives with his wife and their
grandchildren they are raising. He suffers from congestive heart failure and
has skeletal conditions making it difficult for him to move safely in his
home. The housing solutions of wider doorways, a handicap-accessible bathroom
and grab bars will not only ensure his safety but allow his wife and caregiver
to feel more at ease.

Also, in Norwich, CT, a female veteran who served eight years in the U.S. Army
has a 100% non-functional right hand from a Service Connected injury.
Replacement windows installed in her home and a safer, more accessible kitchen
will allow her to age in place in the comfort of her own home.

"The Home Depot Foundation's pledge to veterans has allowed us to help people
from different walks of life," said Kelly Caffarelli, President of The Home
Depot Foundation. "Veterans are men and women, young and old, able bodied and
physically challenged. We are happy to team up with Purple Heart Homes to
continue in our mission to ensure every veteran has a safe place to call

To apply for a housing solution or to learn more visit
www.purplehearthomesusa.org or call toll free 866-787-7539.

Purple Heart Homes is founded by and for our veterans and is operated as a
501(c)3 Non-Profit organization founded in 2008 by Dale Beatty and John
Gallina. Both joined the North Carolina National Guard in 1996 and both were
severely wounded in Bayji, Iraq on November 15, 2004. During their years of
service to our nation both Beatty and Gallina responded not only to calls from
the governor of North Carolina to help victims of Hurricane Fran and Hurricane
Floyd but ultimately a call from the President of the United States to defend
our country against terrorism by serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Their journey together is one of friendship, service, courage and leadership.
Their shared experiences have created a strong sense of community and have
instilled in them a humanitarian spirit to give back and make a difference in
the lives of Service Connected Disabled Veterans of all conflicts. Currently
the Purple Heart Homes organization is made up of volunteers and professionals
from all walks of life that share a common belief and a common desire to give
back to those who have given so much for their country. A volunteer Board of
Directors is maintained for fiscal responsibility, approval and prioritization
of projects and fundraising assistance.

In 2011, The Home Depot Foundation committed $30 million over three years to
nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the homes of economically
disadvantaged veterans. The Home Depot Foundation surpassed the pledge more
than a year ahead of schedule. As part of its second annual Celebration of
Service campaign, the Foundation is now committing an additional $50 million
to housing nonprofits over the next three years in an effort to ensure every
veteran has a safe place to call home. 

Through Team Depot, the company's associate-led volunteer program, thousands
of Home Depot associates volunteer their time and talents to positively
transform neighborhoods and perform basic repairs and modifications to homes
and to the facilities serving veterans with critical housing needs.

Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than
$300 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local
communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit
www.homedepotfoundation.org, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and like us
on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation.

Media Contacts:

Vicki Thomas – Purple Heart Homes PR

John Gallina – Purple Heart Homes Co-founder

Catherine Woodling- The Home Depot Foundation

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SOURCE Purple Heart Homes

Website: http://www.purplehearthomesusa.org