Purple Heart Homes and Prime Comfort supports a local Veteran

May 16, 2019

On a chilly morning in Charlotte, a truck pulled up to a home. This truck contained an item we all know and love, a furnace. It's something we rely on almost daily. It's something that makes a difference. This furnace was on a truck to make life better for a veteran who fought hard to make a difference and support his family and our country.

Purple Heart Homes has been working with Michael and his family to provide them a home in North Carolina and a big need was a furnace. Prime Comfort Heating and Cooling stepped up to not only find a way to get them the furnace but to install it as well. Through the help of wonderful businesses like Prime Comfort and the donations from Carolinians, veterans like Michael are able to be taken care of after their dedication and sacrifice for our country.

Michael enlisted in 1991, and left the cool weather of New Hampshire for Fort Jackson, South Carolina, to complete his basic training. His specialized training as a Fuel and Electrical Systems Specialist was completed at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds located on the coast of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. He had five different jobs during his enlistment as a full-time technician.

Michael was honorably discharged in 2012. His experiences in the military were life-changing and after two deployments to the Middle East, he still avoids speaking of his time there. His adjustment to civilian life after the military has been difficult for him. Michael doesn’t like to leave his home and when he does, he doesn’t like to travel too far. During his military service, Michael was awarded many awards which include: Combat Action Badge; Army Commendation Medal; Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (5th Award); Meritorious Unit Commendation; Global War on Terrorism-Expeditionary Medal.

Purple Heart Homes was co-founded in 2008 by Iraq War veterans, Dale Beatty and John Gallina. After returning from service, both men were humbled by the number of people who would come up to them and thank them for their service and sacrifice. They began to question why all veterans didn't get the same levels of support and assistance from society. Recognizing an unmet need, they decided to reach across the generational divide to provide housing solutions for Service Connected Disabled Veterans of all eras. Together, they co-founded Purple Heart Homes. Their story is one of friendship, service, courage and leadership.

You can help out a veteran in our area today with a simple donation. These funds go to not only homes for veterans but support. Donate now to help our vets on the homefront.