Ground Floor Additions for Service Connected Disabled Veterans
As the building industry sputters along in North Carolina one home builder sees the opportunity to do good things for Veterans and do well financially this year. Len Bealer with Kenneth Bealer Homes has partnered with Purple Heart Homes, a veteran owned and veteran operated non-profit to build a 12’x18’ bedroom addition for Service Connected Disabled Vietnam Veteran David Morrell fondly know as I-hop.
“We are doing this addition so his existing bedroom can be converted in to a handicap accessible bathroom and laundry to accommodate I-hop’s current and future disabilities so he can safely and comfortably age in his existing home.
The ground breaking will take place Saturday, January 29 at 10:00 AM at 4707 Chard Court in Harrisburg, NC and volunteers are invited to help move shrubbery and keep the job site clean.
According to a recent Bureau of Census data, North Carolina ranks 9th with a veteran population of 792,646. “Many veterans suffer from service connected injuries that fought for our country not only in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also in Vietnam, the Korean and WWII,” said Len Bealer. “Ihop is a 63 year old Vietnam Veteran that had is right leg amputated and there is a strong likelihood that his left will be have to be amputated as well,” said Bealer. “We have to look at ways to help veterans that served our country remain in their own homes and avoid going to nursing homes for their care. We also have to consider the caregivers that are taking care of our aging veterans,” Bealer added.
Bealer’s father was a Sergeant Major in the Marine Corp that did four tours of duty in Vietnam. Bealer believes that as a company that builds homes it feels good and right to give back to disabled veterans and make a difference in the lives of those that honorably served our country and had our backs. “For me it is an honor to be working with Purple Heart Homes on this project.”
To volunteer to help with David Morrell’s addition on Saturday, January 29 call Purple Heart Homes at 704-838-4044
About Purple Heart Homes
Purple Heart Homes is a non-profit organization based in Statesville, NC founded by NC National Guard Soldiers Dale Beatty and John Gallina. Both were injured November 15, 2004 in Bayji, Iraq when the vehicle they were riding in hit an anti-tank mine that exploded leaving Beatty a double amputee below the knees and Gallina with severe head, neck and back injuries. They founded Purple Heart Homes in 2008 with a mission that is dedicated to providing housing adaptations that are substantial in function, design and quality thank the fighting men and women in America -- no matter where or when they served. All modifications and adaptations are made at no cost to the disabled veteran.