Helping a Hero to Present New Home to Wounded Warrior SGT Andrew Mullee, June 5 in North Carolina

Helping a Hero to Present New Home to Wounded Warrior SGT Andrew Mullee, June
                             5 in North Carolina, The Patriot Charities, Kellswater Bridge and Ryan Homes
joined forces to build a handicap-accessible home for SGT Andrew Mullee, USA

PR Newswire

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 3, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

WHEN:  Thursday, June 5, 2014
WHERE: Kellswater Bridge Community
        3110 Keady Mill Loop
        Kannapolis, NC 28081
        (Look for flags and HelpingaHero signs)
WHO:   SGT Andrew Mullee, USA (Ret.), wife Jennifer and one-year old son,
        COL (Ret) Jeff Ragland, USA—President, HelpingaHero
        Dana Bradley—President, The Patriot Charities
        Mike Brunetti—Division VP, LStar Management (Kellswater Bridge)
        Keith Alexander—Director, Mountain Real Estate Capital
        Kevin Walsh—Market Manager, Ryan Homes
        Meredith Iler, National Chairman, Home Program
        Hon. Andy Dulin—Charlotte City Council and Board Member The Patriot

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hero as he and his family receive the keys to their new home. and The Patriot Charities joined forces to build a new Ryan
Home in Kellswater Bridge for wounded warrior, SGT Drew Mullee, USA (Ret.) and
his family. SGT Mullee lost his leg and suffered multiple other injuries as
the result of an IED explosion in Afghanistan. The home will be presented on
Thursday, June 5, 2014 at noon.

The four-bedroom home is fully wheelchair accessible, includes wider doors and
hallways, features an adapted bathroom, and has other safety features to
support Drew's independence, as he continues to rebuild his life. Built on a
homesite donated by Kellswater Bridge near the community's club, the specially
designed residence is the 4th home Texas-based has awarded in
North Carolina. A 5^th home is being planned near Fort Bragg in the Legacy
Lakes Community.

Inspired by his father, who was awarded a Bronze Star with "V" for Valor while
he served in Vietnam, SGT Mullee successfully graduated from Airborne school.
Drew and his wife Jennifer, who was three months pregnant, were living in
Bamberg Germany when his brigade deployed to Afghanistan. On May 12, 2012,
his unit was tasked to clear a building they suspected of housing an enemy
bomb-producing operation. While on dismounted patrol, Drew became suspicious
of a rock formation and noticed colored wires on the ground. As he moved the
head of his metal detector across the area, he knew he had found an IED.
Moments later, he was hurled through the air and crashed into the ground,
suffering traumatic brain injury, his left calf blown out the side of his leg,
and his right leg lost at the knee. He somehow managed to remove his helmet
and call for a medic, who applied tourniquets to both legs and saved Drew's

As he endured excruciating pain during the Medevac to the hospital, thoughts
of Jennifer and the birth of his son kept Drew going. His family continued to
sustain him as he began a year-and-a-half rehabilitation at Walter Reed
National Military Medical Center where he had to learn to walk, eat and do
everything all over again. In that same hospital, he watched the birth of his
son, Easton, thanking God and the brave men and women in Afghanistan that he
had survived to build a future with his wife and son.

About Helping a Hero: Houston based, Helping a Hero is a 501(c)(3) non profit,
non-partisan organization providing support for severely injured military
personnel. The organization's principal activity is to provide specially
adapted homes for qualifying service members, some 100 of them in 22 states to

About The Patriot Charities: The Patriot Charities is a local, 501 c 3
non-profit organization that raises funds to financially assist non-profit
organizations and local programs within the Carolinas devoted to the immediate
welfare, care and support of wounded military and their families.

About Mountain Real Estate Capital: Since 1993, Mountain Real Estate Capital
has been a leading private equity source for real estate developers and
builders. MREC, capitalized with $1 billion for joint venture investment, is
headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. with offices in Minneapolis, San Diego,
Austin and New York.

About the community: Kellswater Bridge donated the homesite for the Mullee
family's new home near the community's clubhouse and resort-style pool
complex, giving them close access to the children's areas, tennis, basketball
and volleyball courts, and an outdoor pavilion and grilling area.

About the builder: Ryan Homes is a homebuilding unit of NVR Inc., which, sells
and builds homes under the Ryan Homes, NVHomes, Fox Ridge Homes and Heartland
Homes trade names, and operates in 27 metropolitan areas in 14 states and DC.


Media Contact: Meredith Iler, 832-647-8683

SOURCE Helping a Hero

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