Statesville, NC -- Eight years ago, Dale Beatty lost both his legs while serving in Iraq.
"We ran over those two mines, and it explode right underneath me. I was thrown from the vehicle, and I think my legs were kind of crushed under the vehicle too," said Beatty. "I didn't lose anything that day.. I mean my legs got hurt so bad that they had to be amputated, but I didn't lose who I am."
Dale Beatty is a soldier, an American hero, a man who served his country but hasn't stopped.
"That is what we are trying to capture with Purple Heart Homes, even though you don't have money, even though you don't have professional labored skill, you have time, and that time matters to people like me."
For four years now, Dale and fellow soldier John Gallina, have run Purple Heart Homes. The goal is to reach every wounded vet, and give them back as much of their lives as possible.
"We want to change the way society thinks about veterans," said Dale. "It doesn't really matter what war you were in, just that you were a service-connected veteran and you have a need."
Whether your need is a new home, or a renovation, Purple Heart Homes want to make it happen.
"Next year, we have 28 candidates who are approved and were in their project development. After that, we have 200 more that are waiting in the pipeline."
From North Carolina to Connecticut to Ohio, Dale is helping put a roof over a wounded veteran's head
It's not just bricks and mortar. It's a new beginning for those just like Dale who have given almost everything for a place called home.
"It can really, really, change people's lives."
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