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  HelpingaHero.org, The Patriot Charities, Kellswater Bridge and Ryan Homes joined forces to build a handicap-accessible home for SGT Andrew Mullee, USA (Ret.)  PR Newswire  CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 3, 2014  CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --  WHEN:  Thursday, June 5, 2014         Noon 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,         Easton         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, HelpingaHero.org Home Program         Hon. Andy Dulin—Charlotte City Council and Board Member The Patriot         Charities  Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140602/93460 Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140602/93459   THE PUBLIC IS INVITED AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND!! Please help us welcome home a hero as he and his family receive the keys to their new home.  HelpingaHero.org 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 HelpingaHero.org 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 life.  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 date. www.helpingahero.org  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. www.patriotcharities.org.  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. www.mrec.com  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. www.Kellswater.com  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. www.ryanhomes.com  PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST  Media Contact: Meredith Iler, 832-647-8683  SOURCE Helping a Hero  Website: http://www.helpingahero.org  
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