Veterans' Dreams of Home Ownership Made a Reality Through Be a Hero Hire a Hero and Purple Heart Homes Collaboration Employment, education and resource expo hosted by both organizations on September 20 at Citi Field Ballpark

FLUSHING, N.Y., Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Since returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan highly trained and skilled Veterans want and need three things – a job, a home and a sense of belonging.  On Friday, September 20, at Citi Field Ballpark in Flushing, New York Be a Hero Hire a Hero will host an employment, education and resource expo.

Purple Heart Homes is collaborating with Be a Hero Hire a Hero to provide the dream of home ownership to Service Connected Disabled Veterans that obtain a job that might require relocation and need a home for themselves and their families in that new location. 

Purple Heart Homes obtains properties through donations from banks, bequests and municipalities.  The homes are then paired with pre-qualified and approved veterans. Specific adaptations are made to the property to meet the Veteran's needs.  A mortgage is then arranged at 50% of the completed appraised home market value. The program is designed to be a hand up and not a hand out that produces a positive psychological impact for the Veteran to know they are able to provide for themselves and their families. 

"By having both a job and home is a great beginning for our returning Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans," says Jeff Klare, founder of Be a Hero Hire a Hero. "It creates a sense of needed purpose and provides for that much needed sense of belonging."

John Gallina, Purple Heart Homes Co-founder will be attending a breakfast at Citi Field on Friday and will be receiving the Leadership Award from Be a Hero Hire a Hero for taking charge of the challenging issues many returning Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans face when they return home with a Service Connected Disability to provide them with the dream of Home Ownership.

"Purple Heart Homes is honored to be receiving a leadership award from Be a Hero Hire a Hero," says Co-founder John Gallina. "We work closely with each veteran to set them up for success with not only a home, but also with a mentor to help guide them through the home ownership maze."

To learn more about the Be A Hero Hire A Hero Expo at Citi Field contact:

To learn more about Purple Heart Homes and its Veterans Home Ownership program contact:


Purple Heart Homes is a 501 c3 founded by Dale Beatty and John Gallina, two Iraq combat wounded veterans that remain on a mission to provide housing solutions to service connected disabled veterans and their families.  Driven by the belief that no Veteran should be left behind, Purple Heart Homes, together with community, is committed to ensuring quality of life solutions for disabled American Veterans from all eras.

For more information see: or call 855-PURPLE9

Contacts:     Vicki Thomas – Purple Heart Homes 203-984-2138

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