House of Heroes
Each month in this section the editorial staff of Military Embedded Systems will highlight a different charity that benefits military veterans and their families. We are honored to cover the technology that protects those who protect us every day and to back that up, our parent company – OpenSystems Media – will make a donation to each charity we showcase on this page.
In the November/December issue we featured House of Heroes, a nonprofit organization founded in 2000 that strives to assist veterans and their families by improving their living spaces. The foundation’s motto is “On behalf of the Congress of the United States, and a grateful nation, this gift for you, for your gift to us.”
Groups of volunteers perform necessary repairs and upgrades on veterans’ homes free of charge, including cleaning, installing access ramps, installing or repairing screen doors and windows, painting, repairing or replacing appliances, and yard maintenance. These home repairs are supervised by a licensed contractor to ensure all work is accurate and up to code. House of Heroes provides a great opportunity for members of the community to band together and give back to a veteran in need by improving their living conditions. Volunteers need to be at least 18 years of age but do not need any previous construction or building experience.
House of Heroes’ main hub is in Georgia, and they also currently have affiliate sectors in Iowa, Connecticut, and Arizona. The charity set a goal to assist 60 veterans and their families in 2014. Members of the community may nominate a veteran in need; to be eligible for nomination, one must be a military or public safety veteran (or their spouse), have financial or physical needs, and must own the home that needs repair.
For more information on the House of Heroes charity and to find out what volunteer opportunities may be available in your area, visit www.houseofheroes.org. Monetary donations can also be submitted on the website, and a guide with prices of common building materials needed is also included.
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