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Fulfilling a promise for Dennis Perreault
The Rotary Club of Southington Honors the Perreault Family
With the help of the Rotary Club of Southington, over 30 volunteers helped Dennis Perreault fulfill a promise to his family. Dennis had always promised to get to his "honey do" list accomplished when he retired. His death on his retirement day put off many projects that needed attention. House of Heroes supported his wife Marie Perreault, his daughter Tina and his 3 grandsons with a day of honor. We made a difference in a day with painting and deck staining, plumbing, hot water heater, bathroom fixture repair and masonry steps. See photos in our Gallery photos.
Thanks Smokin' with Chris!
Chris Conlon supported HOH with lunch for 70 volunteers during our Southington project day. This is just a sample of Chris' continuing 'giving back.' Pictured here with HOH's Bill May and Rachael Wache, Southington Community Advocate. Next time you're in the mood for some great BBQ, give Smokin' with Chris a try! Our sponsors.
Orange's Carmen Negri Honored with a record number of volounteers
House completely painted and landscaped.
WWII Tech Sgt Carmine Negri was honored with a day of service that included over 60 volunteers. See the photo gallery for more pictures of this rewarding day.
CT CHAPTER KICK-OFF A SUCCESS!
It was a big inaugural weekend for HOH-CT. Three veterans were honored with over $30K in home improvements through the generosity of 50 business donors, 40 volunteers, 20 Craftsmen, and 1 US Senator.
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) joined us for flag presentations at two veterans' homes. HOH-CT projects were the subject of all local CT news and even featured on Fox News Channel nationally. View the entire weekend's events at our photo gallery.
Amazing Seymour Veteran Project Day
WWII Vet Russell Machnicz was honored with a HOH-CT project at his Seymour home. The Hamden High Dance Team made a surprise appearance to 'kick in' some elbow grease and provide some entertainment.
Ten craftsmen and 20 other volunteers made amazing progress in painting Russ' home, fixing his chimney, and installing a deck among a myriad of other tasks. Check out our progress - and the fun - in our photo gallery.
Memorial Day 2013
Iraqi War Veteran Jesse Ede Honored
As I looked across the room at the face of the young Iraq War veteran, Bronze Star and double Purple Heart recipient, I saw the face of the next great generation.
This Memorial weekend, in a gathering at Army Specialist Jesse Ede's home with US Senator Richard Blumenthal, we celebrated Jesse's service to our country by providing home improvement services to him and his young family. Underneath Jesse and son Landon's matching mohawk haircut lies a strong will and the heart of a patriot. Of the home improvement projects House of Heroes has accomplished to date, this project moment was the most poignant. We had lifted a burden from Jesse's shoulders. Gathered around him were his new support team - strangers in the morning and now a dependable, high performance team by the end of the day.
In Iraq, Jesse's patrol was hit by an IED. Its shrapnel ignited both the ammo in his weapon - and in his vest pockets. The resulting injuries have led to a long road of recovery. But with the help of family, friends and a supportive employer, the Ede family future is bright. So we were honored to help make Jesse's home safe and secure. It's just another piece in putting back together lives that have been shattered in war.
Jesse is the face of a new generation of wounded warrior - needing a village to get him and his family back on their feet. This can't be accomplished by any one agency or organization. Injuries aside, new veteran unemployment approaches 32% in Connecticut. Thousands more able-bodied vets will be looking for local jobs as DoD draws down force levels. So where do they turn?
Many lament 'they' are not doing enough for our vets and there are plenty of indications that is true. But what if 'we' all could spend just one day making a difference in the life of a veteran? Maybe you think you can. I know we can.
Thank you Jesse Ede for your extraordinary sacrifice for our country. We've got your six.
by Bill May, Chairman, HOHCT. More photos
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