Archives for January 2014

HHH goes to Brooke Army Medical Center


Rosita Underwood, HHH Founder, and the honorary Purple Heart Recepient

Rosita Underwood, HHH Founder, and the honorary Purple Heart Recepient

On September 6, 2013, Helping Hometown Heroes took to the road to bring a little fun and excitement to the brave men and women of Brooke Army Medical Center of San Antonio, Texas. Working in conjunction with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Calvary of Fort Hood, Texas and R.A.W. (Rebuilding America’s Warriors) of California, over 350 heroes were able to attend our first annual backyard BBQ .

Many local businesses joined forces with us to ensure that the BBQ was a success. All Occasions of Texas, one of San Antonio’s premier catering companies, provided the meal with the assistance of many volunteers from the 2-8 chopping vegetables, flipping burgers and serving the buffet line. DJ Jake kept the spirits high with some lively music and took many requests from the guests. When the line dancing started everyone knew that the backyard picnic had just become a party!

Of course we didn’t show up empty handed… over 200 t-shirts and goodie bags were distributed. R.A.W. provided door prizes for the warriors, including an IPAD!

We were all touched by the very moving Purple Heart ceremony that was held a few minutes before the start of our event and we were extremely honored to have witnessed such a heart-felt and touching ceremony. We are never reminded more of the sacrifices a warrior makes than when you see the look of pride and love on a mother’s face as she watches her son wheel his chair up to the front to accept his award with such humble grace.

After months of planning, hours of travel, endless conversations, big hugs and bigger smiles, the BBQ was complete. Before we finished cleaning up the courtyard we were planning the next one… Friday, April 11, 2014 we will be returning to do it all over again. See you soon San Antonio!!!

Ramping It Up

ramp 2

They say love can build a bridge… but how about a ramp?

When Chris and his family moved back to Tennessee after a long recovery at Walter Reed National Medical Military Center, he and his family found that they were in need of a wheelchair accessible ramp. After several exhausting calls to the VA, Heather, Chris’ wife, reached out to some familiar faces from their days at WRNMMC….

The ladies of Helping Hometown Heroes contacted the town’s Director of Development.  After a few minutes, they knew they were on the right path. That afternoon, three contractors visited the home of Chris and Heather to provide estimates for the ramp project.

A small organization, Ramps for Christ, stepped up and donated their time to building a 21’ ramp and threshold ramps for Chris. Helping Hometown Heroes raised the funds and paid for the supplies, while the whole project was overseen by, marine corp veteran, Mike Kohler.

Within two weeks of Heather’s initial call for help, the new ramp was completed and ready.  This ramp is so much more than a means for Chris to resume a normal life, it is a true testament to the love and respect for our brave men and women and all that they have sacrificed. People that have never met face to face worked, cried and celebrated together in honor of all that Chris and his family are and will continue to be.