Sunday, September 2, 2012

Purple Heart Homes Creates Futures

It is always a heart-warming thing when I read or hear about members of a community coming together to welcome home veterans who have served our country in times of war. We as Americans learned a lesson after the Vietnam War, when many veterans were villainized and demonized by protesters who blamed them for the war.

A friend sent me this video depicting "the town of Glastonbury CT coming together and building a house for United States Marine Corps veteran Manny Jimenez." As the video's You Tube description says, this is "A true example of what communities can do. Project started by Purple Heart Homes, an organization that takes wounded veterans and builds them houses along with assimilation into their communities."

I personally know one of the presenters, Elisha Harig-Blaine from the National League of Cities, who appears about half-way through the video (2:00). He comes from a Catholic family from Maryland whom I have known for over 25 years, and they are very proud of him for what he did to help make this project come to fruition.

God bless the Purple Heart Homes foundation, the Rotary Club of Glastonbury, all those who helped make the project possible, and mostly USMC Corporal Manny Jiminez for his selfless service to our country.

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