The Wounded Hero Home Program
Our primary program is the Wounded Hero Home Program. We accept applications for our program from eligible wounded veterans on a rolling basis. The applications are posted on our website as is our Nominate a Hero form. The Wounded Hero Home Program includes several components. We raise money, select the wounded veterans to receive homes, plan the design of the home, seek construction partners, prepare a budget, hold a groundbreaking ceremony, monitor the construction, and finally, have a public Welcome Home Ceremony for the wounded veteran recipient.
The Welcome Home Ceremony is an opportunity for the neighborhood and the community to join Helping a Hero to support these brave and courageous wounded warriors as they rebuild their lives. In 2021, thousands of people from every walk of life, young and old, joined in unity and nonpartisanship with Helping a Hero to welcome to their new homes injured men and women who served our nation and sacrificed in combat. The Welcome Home Ceremony is a tangible component of our Education Programming.
Helping a Hero endeavors to make each Welcome Home Ceremony special and unique, but there are some things that are universal. Flags line the streets and the community is invited to wave flags and show their appreciation for the sacrifices made by the wounded veteran and their family. We encourage the public to bring gift cards (via the Community Shower Gift Card Program) which are given to the veteran that day.
During the event, the public is educated as to the veteran’s unique story of bravery and sacrifice, and on the importance of the adapted and accessible features of the house to the independence, safety and dignity of the wounded veteran. New furniture is sometimes donated or discounted by stores and sometimes Paula Deen, and the house is often presented to the wounded veteran in ready-to-move-in condition – often with special military service mementos and photographs on display, beds made, televisions hung, and other special touches installed with loving care.