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Cornerstone and Participating CUs Join Purple Heart Homes Operation: Veteran Home Renovation
Thursday, April 7, 2016 6:55 AM

Cornerstone Credit Union League EVP, CFO, and Chief Member Services Officer Karen Hart announced the association’s collaboration with Purple Heart Homes Operation: Veteran Home Renovation to more than 500 attendees at Cornerstone’s Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, April 6.

The initiative has been developed to help make life for older veterans and their caregivers a little easier, so they can safely age in the comfort of their own homes. It will be marketed under Cornerstone’s community outreach campaign, Credit Unions Care.

Under the campaign, Cornerstone will work with Purple Heart Homes and participating credit unions to identify older veterans who need a ramp, grab bars, railings, a clean yard, or a fresh coat of paint on the inside or outside of their homes. Credit unions will raise the funds needed to complete the projects on veterans’ homes.

Credit union staff and volunteers from the community will complete the projects on veterans’ homes that can be done in a day or over the course of a single weekend. No project will exceed $10,000 and the average cost will be about $5,000. All work will be done at no cost to the veteran or his or her family.

“We are honored to work with Purple Heart Homes to help our older veterans who served our country, who, combined with age and disability, have never asked for help, but have given us the freedom and safety we enjoy in our country,” says Hart. “We do not want our brave soldiers to simply fade away; we want to recognize and thank them for their service and sacrifices.”

According to Purple Heart Homes, nine million U.S. military veterans age 65 and older live in the US. In Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, 1,013,759 veterans served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. They are often overlooked in our communities and may even be living next door. They live on fixed incomes and face increased taxes and higher costs of living. Oftentimes, older veterans are not able to keep up with the maintenance on their homes.

“While this is a new campaign we are bringing to credit unions, it is not new to us,” said John Gallina, Purple Heart Homes executive director and co-founder. “We started our nonprofit in 2008 to help older veterans age in place. A simple ramp or railings can make a huge difference with the mobility issues older veterans face each day. We share a similar philosophy with credit unions and salute Cornerstone for collaborating with us on Operation: Veteran Home Renovation.”

Purple Heart Homes Operation: Veteran Home Renovation will officially kick-off on Aug. 8 with a national wire service release and will end Nov. 12. Participating credit unions will identify an older veteran or veterans and the scope of work from May-August, and raise needed funds to complete projects. One hundred percent of the money raised by credit unions goes directly to complete the projects for the approved older veterans.

For more information about Purple Heart Homes Operation: Veteran Home Renovation, contact Vicki Thomas, special projects director at 203-984-2138 or vthomas@phhusa.org.

About Purple Heart Homes

Purple Heart Homes is a 501(c)3 founded by Dale Beatty and John Gallina, two Iraq combat wounded veterans that remain on a mission to provide housing solutions to service connected disabled veterans and their families. Driven by the belief that no Veteran should be left behind, Purple Heart Homes, together with community, is committed to ensuring quality of life solutions for disabled American Veterans from all eras. For more information, please visit phhusa.org.