John Gallina and Dale Beatty, Founders of Purple Heart Homes
John Gallina and Dale Beatty were both wounded in Iraq and when they came home, had the full support of their communities. They realized that this was not the case for Vietnam veterans. In the military, they learned to never leave anyone behind, and this included all veterans. Together, they decided to provide housing solutions to veterans throughout the country. They started their first project almost 10 years ago. They have organized communities in 30 states to help them make homes accessible, secure, and comfortable for fellow veterans. In 10 years, they have completed 100 projects, are working on 50 more and have 141 projects in the pipeline. Throughout the process, they have learned how to build a nonprofit organization, which is ultimately a business with the help of mentors.
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