HELPING A HERO – EMPOWERING WOUNDED HEROES,
ONE HOME AT A TIME

Helping a Hero
First Lady Laura Bush & SGT Rick Yarosh

Organization Set To Present Adapted Homes in Ohio and Kentucky This Month; Over 100 Homes in 22 States Awarded to Severely Wounded Veterans

What do entertainer Lee Greenwood, home make-over TV host Ty Pennington, US Senators Rob Portman and Rand Paul, former Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush, retired Army General Tommy Franks, and baseball Hall-of-Famer Craig Biggio have in common? All have proudly joined with the Helping A Hero organization to support and honor veterans severely wounded while fighting the war on terror in the Middle East.

Since the beginning of the war on terror in 2001, over 52,000 military personnel have been wounded in the line of duty. Many of those wounded have debilitating injuries which make it difficult for them to function in their daily lives without special accommodations. These injuries include multiple amputations, severe burns, severe traumatic brain injuries, and complete blindness. Helping A Hero was founded with a mission to give those brave veterans a warm welcome back with a home that has been specially adapted to their specific needs. Helping them to successfully transition back into civilian life in an adapted home provides the foundation they need to be as independent as possible based on their lifetime injuries. To date, over 100 severely wounded heroes in 22 states have been awarded a specially adapted home for their specific needs.

The process of building an adapted home for each wounded hero is a costly labor of love. Helping A Hero works to raise funds to design and build each home. They also engage the local communities to provide the needed services and resources for wounded heroes and their families as they continue on the road to recovery.

Helping a Hero
Bob Perry, President George H.W. Bush & Rene Fernandez

Helping A Hero will hold The Ohio River Valley Warrior Dinner fundraiser at Montgomery Inn – Boathouse, on September 20, 2015. The special guest performer will be National Ambassador, Lee Greenwood (“God Bless the USA”). Also in attendance will be 15 wounded warriors as well as elected officials from Ohio and Kentucky. Individual tickets and sponsorships are available for purchase. Please call 888-7869-531 or email rsvp@helpingahero.org for more information. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to support home construction for two Cincinnati area wounded veterans including Hamilton County double amputee, CPL (Ret) Matt Deatherage and SSG (Ret) Paul Brondhaver, whose home will be built in Northern Kentucky.

“Helping a Hero is excited to build its first home in Ohio, and its third in Kentucky,” says Helping A Hero Founder Meredith Iler. “CPL (Ret) Matt Deatherage, USA lost both of his legs to an IED blast in Afghanistan and SSG (Ret) Paul Brondhaver, USA was shot 29 times and was hit with over 300 pieces of hot shrapnel. Both of these native Ohio warriors are American heroes who have sacrificed so much for the freedom we hold dear. I invite the Ohio River Valley to join with Helping a Hero and Lee Greenwood to help build adapted homes for these veterans and other wounded warriors in the area.”

In addition to the homes being completed in Ohio, Helping A Hero will also be presenting homes in Elysian, Minnesota in September, Fort Worth, Texas in October, and both Bandera, Texas and Greenfield, Missouri in November.

HelpingaHero.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-partisan organization, founded in 2006, that provides support for military personnel severely injured in the war on terror. Their principal activity is to provide specially adapted homes for qualifying service members through partnerships made with the builders, developers, communities, and the veteran. Helping a Hero strives to engage the community in providing services and resources for our wounded heroes and their families. Additionally, Helping a Hero provides additional support programs such as marriage retreats, caregiver retreats, recreational activities, emotional support, and financial support. Those wishing to add their support can make a donation at helpingahero.org.

Helpingahero.org partners with the community and the veteran on each home. The veteran is responsible for a $50,000 mortgage and the VA Specially Adapted Housing grant is also used. Then Helping A Hero assembles a team of cash donors, material and labor, lot donations, etc. to make the home a reality.