Thursday, April 29, 2010
Another Grant Program Providing Free Homes To Veterans!
Previously I blogged about a program that provides free homes to veterans. I have now found yet another program that is doing the same thing!
Some injured vets are getting help from what may seem an unlikely source!
One recipient and his wife were rewarded with an unexpected gift: a home built especially for them, mortgage-free.
This program was started to help give wounded veterans a place to call home and is a way of saying thanks.
Since 2005, this organization has built four houses. Five more are under construction, and the idea is being expanded into a national campaign.
The program started when the founder of this organization met a U.S. Marine that had been gravely injured in Iraq. The injured vet desperately needed to remodel his house to accommodate his son's wheelchair. "I had no idea how I was going to pay for it," he said. "I just knew that I had to get it done."
The founder of the organization mobilized an army of carpenters, plumbers and suppliers who took on the remodeling job for free. They widened doorways, built a ramp to the back door and made the bathroom handicapped-accessible. Anything that needed to be done was taken care of.
With donations from suppliers and contractors the group can build a $300,000 house for $25,000 to $50,000. Each house is fully furnished and customized to meet the needs of each family and is mortgage-free. The group also covers the taxes and insurance for two years!
Another recipient of this program who received a free home in November 2008 turned his fortune around. He is now studying for his doctorate in public safety; his wife earned her master's degree and is now a special education teacher.
The organization is determined to help as many families as they can. They are trying to enlist builders' associations across the country to join the crusade, with the goal of building 100 homes.
You can find out more about this program by visiting the website