Hudson Valley Reporter: Purple Heart Homes to Select Putnam Veteran for Home Build

Greg Ball

September 24, 2013

Posted by: Dan Curtis

CARMEL, N.Y. – Ever since Purple Heart Homes announced its intention to build a home for a disabled military veteran in Putnam, local support from communities throughout the county has been overwhelming, according to Senator Greg Ball who first contacted Purple Heart Homes about the idea.

Now, Ball and Purple Heart Homes need help finding a deserving disabled veteran as well as a place to build the home. Volunteers for coordinating the build and fundraising are also needed.

“It is heartwarming to see the immense community support we have received since we first made this announcement. Literally hundreds of local elected officials, financial institutions, small businesses and community partners have stepped up to the plate. We are now beginning the first steps of securing a service disabled veteran and a location to build the home,” said Senator Greg Ball. “If you would like to join our Purple Heart Homes Senate Task Force and join our honorable efforts, please contact my office today.”

Purple Heart Homes, a registered non-profit organization founded in 2008, is planning to build one home locally with the ultimate goal of creating a statewide project called “500 homes for 500 Heroes.”

Dale Beatty, Co-Founder of Purple Heart Homes and a 2013 CNN Hero nominee, said he was looking forward to getting the project underway.

“We are very excited to put the plans together to provide an approved Service Connected Disabled Veteran in a soon to be renovated home in Senator Ball’s District 40,” said Dale Beatty, Purple Heart Homes Co-founder. “Our plans include a January kick-off, a March Demo Day and a June Mission Complete Ceremony to coincide with Army Week in New York as part of the Army Week Association.”

Purple Heart Homes hopes to begin construction sometime in March 2014 and the target completion date is about June 2014, according to Senator Ball.

Veterans that have their DD-214 and a service connected VA disability rating can apply for a home by filling out a request on the Purple Heart Homes website by visiting:

Those who would like to join the Purple Heart Homes Senate Task Force, or know of a location to build a home, should contact Senator Greg Ball’s District Office at (845) 279-3773 or email Krista Gobins at (ARTICLE)