HOMELAND HEROES SALUTE
The Homeland Heroes Foundation is proud to bring to you our podcast, The Homeland Heroes Salute! Each week, join us in taking a deeper dive into the lives of veterans, their families and those whose lives are devoted to helping service members as we begin to heal our veteran community through sharing their stories.
There’s not enough words that I could say that would show you how much love and respect I have for your foundation. You have shown us the true meaning of dignity and respect. I drove away with tears running down my face; to know that when I came home my family would have a place to put their head down, things to eat, a place to sit in the kitchen, as well as the living room, and much much more. You guys are wonderful.
Organizations like Homeland Heroes give me so much hope for the world. The only thing that we can do in a world where there is so much tragedy is help others and pay it forward. My family and I are so grateful for everything that was given to us. I am so thankful to everyone who donated to this organization who helps those in need. Sometimes we take things for granted, even the simplest things like a dining room table. Instead of having to make do with an empty home, I am now able to make our house a home and give my family what they deserve. Thanks to Homeland Heroes we now have furniture and can enjoy our time as a family. I am most grateful for the big boy beds for my boys. Now I can put them to bed every night with a room filled with things that are all their own. I am also so grateful that I can rock my baby girl to sleep in the glider that was given us. I plan to pay it forward as I never want to accept things without knowing that one day I can do the same for someone else. I want to touch others with helping hands as we have been touched by what you have done for us.
Those closest to me know the struggles that I’ve been enduring for the past several months. I’ve done it a few times, but this transition from being a full-time service member to a civilian has literally been the hardest challenge of my life. Being the strong individual that I am, I’m willing to do everything possible to survive and try to pull ahead in life…but I realized that I needed a life line. That’s when I learned about The Homeland Heroes Foundation. Since that time, The Homeland Heroes Foundation has done so much to help me regain control of my life… Each time I interacted with them, I was filled with a feeling of warmth, love, true compassion… a smile and a heartfelt hug. Thank You Homeland Heroes for becoming a very near and dear part of my life… I will never forget how you saved my life.
I can’t tell you how thankful I am for the support of the Homeland Heroes Foundation. Your organization does so much more than just provide furniture or appliances to our Sailors and Coast Guardsmen. Yes, you meet a physical need, but what you are really providing helps to alleviate financial stress and worry over basic needs, which ultimately helps families thrive. Your organization allows our families at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to focus on relationships and reintegration after long deployments, which strengthens marriages, boosts morale, and increases unit cohesion and productiveness. So thank you. Thank you for helping to strengthen our families. These servicemen and women endure much during their military careers, but your service to them reminds them that they are valued, appreciated, and not forgotten. God bless you for what you do.
Ian Underhile, LT, USN
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard