BOSTON (6/4/09)--Homes for Our Troops and title sponsor The Credit Union Association of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and the New Hampshire will host a third annual gala on June 13 at the Copley Marriott in Boston.
What separates this gala from the first two is that Homes for Our Troops, the national non-profit organization that helps injured troops, is five years old. It has given soldiers 40 specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans at no cost, and will build and complete over 30 homes in 2009. Special guests include:
* Eight severely injured veterans who live or will soon be living in their completed barrier-free home. * Two young wives who met at Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C., when their husbands became roommates after sustaining severe head and spinal cord injuries in Iraq. Their husbands are now roommates in Tampa, Fla., at the James A. Haley Veterans Administration hospital. * A mother whose son is a paralyzed veteran who has been in and out of various VA hospitals. Also, the first severely injured female veteran to receive a specially adapted home.
“We don’t need big-name celebrities to help us celebrate our fifth year as a national non-profit organization,” said John Gonsalves founder of the Taunton, Mass.-based Homes for Hour Troops. “Our stars are the veterans who returned home severely injured that we have built specially adapted homes for.” Dan Egan, president of the credit union association for the three states, noted that "Our grassroots missions mirror one another, as credit unions are known as financial institutions of people helping people in communities throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. “Credit unions are known for their community-based grassroots initiatives,” he added. “We proudly salute the men and women that serve in our military and are honored to support Homes for Our Troops as it helps rebuild the lives of our severely injured returning veterans.” Homes for Our Troops welcomed the help of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, America’s credit unions, and the National Journal Group, Washington, D.C., in building new homes for wounded veterans in Denver and Minneapolis. In the months leading up to the presidential nominations last summer at the national conventions, Homes for Our Troops and its partners constructed houses in both the Colorado and Minnesota host cities.