Helping a Hero is a 501(c)(3) non profit, non-partisan organization, founded in 2006, that provides support for military personnel severely injured in the war on terror. Our principal activity is to provide specially adapted homes for qualifying service members through partnerships made with the builders, developers, communities, and the veteran.
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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.
The Wounded Hero Home Program
Our primary program is the Wounded Hero Home Program. We accept applications for our program from eligible wounded veterans. The applications are accessed on our website. The Wounded Hero Home Program includes several components. We raise money, select the wounded veterans to receive homes, plan the design of the home, seek construction partners, prepare a budget, hold a groundbreaking ceremony, monitor the construction, and finally, have a public Welcome Home Ceremony for the wounded veteran recipient.
The Welcome Home Ceremony is an opportunity for the neighborhood and the community to join Helping a Hero to support these brave and courageous wounded warriors as they rebuild their lives. In 2017, thousands of people from every walk of life, young and old, joined in unity and nonpartisanship with Helping a Hero to welcome to their new homes injured men and women who served our nation and sacrificed in combat. The Welcome Home Ceremony is a tangible component of our Education Programming.
Helping a Hero endeavors to make each Welcome Home Ceremony special and unique, but there are some things that are universal. Flags line the streets and the community is invited to wave flags and show their appreciation for the sacrifices made by the wounded veteran and their family. We encourage the public to bring gift cards (via the Community Gift Card Program) which are given to the veteran that day.
During the event, the public is educated as to the veteran’s unique story of bravery and sacrifice, and on the importance of the adapted and accessible features of the house to the independence, safety and dignity of the wounded veteran. All attendees are invited to tour it after the key presentation. New furniture is sometimes donated or discounted by stores, and the house is often presented to the wounded veteran in ready-to-move-in condition – often with special military service momentos and photographs on display, beds made, televisions hung, and other special touches installed with loving care.