April 24, 2018
TO: Homeland Heroes Foundation
FROM: Mr. Ricardo Manuel Warner
SUBJECT: LETTER OF APPRECIATION
April 24, 2018
I take humble pleasure in forwarding to you my thoughts and thanks concerning the following:
As a Homeless American Military Veteran… I and those like me… are faced with a myriad of seemingly insurmountable obstacles and formidable odds. No matter what we may have accomplished in the past, or successes enjoyed by overcoming any task before us, life can sometimes take a turn for the worse. And in never seeing it coming, we are so blindsided and caught unawares that we are knocked down and unable even to arise and “Shake it Off.” The Challenges are just too great. That is, without able, genuine, adept and unfailing assistance.
As a Member of the American Military Family, I can assure you that should a Comrade fall wounded, injured, or dead… we come running and will not leave our Comrade to suffer alone , nor leave him/her behind. We are not under severe obligation to do so, per se, yet it is in our essence to unquestionably do so. Even at our own peril. So it truly strikes me as an astonishment to find an Organization, of the “Civilian Species,” that conducts itself in that same Spirit. And, in its deeds, render assistance of that same veracity and caliber.
In this regard, I write to commend an Organization that I am Blessed to have made company. An absolutely unpretentious and genuinely charitable group. And an Entity that is so uncommon, as to be somewhat of a Myth.
An Outfit that exhibits merits, virtues and qualities of such high a standard, that a Homeless Veteran does not even dare to envision such being there for him, or her, in this time of trial and struggle. Yes, I have found that Organization… and it is called “Homeland Heroes Foundation.”
And in particular, I would like to express my deepest gratitude concerning the outstanding, empathetic, splendid efforts of this particular organization’s Executive Director, Ms. Julie Weymouth.
I cannot emphasize too strongly, the caring demeanor… the touching feeling of genuine empathy… and the heartwarming feeling of interacting with a Person who takes the time to learn the background and circumstance of your current situation, as is manifested in Ms. Weymouth. And quite frankly… Ms. Weymouth is “Sympatico,” a Mensch, a Sterling Human Being. An individual who retains a sense of Justice. A Person who makes a difference.
Should One find Oneself in search of an Organization, or Person, who without hesitation “Steps Up to the Plate” and puts their efforts where others only put their mouthpiece, allow me to suggest Ms. Julie Weymouth… and the True Heroes of the “Homeland Heroes Foundation.”
God Bless them ALL
October 2017 WRITTEN BY RYAN:
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 Coastguardsmen. 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
“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. The most gracious thing that you can do is to show a veteran how they should be treated for their service. You see so many veterans on the street with signs that say they are homeless when their are places and people like you that can help them, I respect you more than anybody in this world”.
Heather Torres, the wife of a veteran
Let me say first that the outpouring of love and appreciation from Homeland Heroes is something that I was not prepared for as I contacted Kim regarding help on items for the home. I had no clue that this was an avenue that I could tap into regarding saving of many dollars that, after buying a house would be tight. But it was not just the furniture, dishes, bureau, tables, and necessities that I received from Kim/Charlie. It was such a heart-felt glow of real appreciation and affection for my service that in fact made me so damn proud that I had. It touched me in a real personal way and I want you both to know to help veterans get a start-up isn’t all that come out of your actions. You have included me into your family of brotherhood and I’m happy to be there. I will strive to give as you have and I’m so glad to know that this exists and will do my part to pass the word.
See you soon
I want to Thank Julie and The Homeland Heroes Foundation for the furniture for my new home!!
I am a Gulf War era disabled veteran, single mother of two and found myself jobless and homeless last summer. I was fortunate enough to find another job and was able to purchase my first home.
The boys and I enjoy eating as a family at the dining room table and also watching movies on the comfortable couch that Homeland Heroes Foundation provided to us. My house really feels like a home! We finally have a permanent residence and will start making family traditions.
We are all very grateful for all the blessings in our lives!
Please read the letter that follows from the young wife and mother of a active duty sailor. This family was moved from an out of state base to PNSY and came with nothing but the clothes on their back. Their humility kept them from asking for anything and they lived with 3 young children in an empty apartment for over 9 months…we were thrilled that we were able to donate an entire apartment full of furniture to them. Thank you to all of our donors as we can nothing without your help…
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.
My name is Craig Peterson I am a veteran of the united states I served in the United States Marine Corps from 1982 until 1986.
I found myself in a position where I was in need of some household items.I was introduced to Julie and was remarkably surprised to find such a caring individual who was more than eager to help me and my daughter.I am very grateful to Julie and all the folks who are involved in this organization. Without the generous donations and the efforts of people like Julie we would have had an extremely difficult time in our present situation.I can not tell you how very pleased I am with this. I never served to expect anything in return.
Good Morning Ms. Weymouth,
I want to personally thank you for all of the care packages that we received over the last week. Everyone is very appreciative and wish we all could thank you in person. I know my Troops are very happy to have the care and support from home. Thank you very much!
We will be leaving next month and it cannot come soon enough. The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter as every moment passes.
The gifts are great! Thank you again,
ERIK P. ALBRECHT
F/3-126th AVN (ATS)
Udairi LZ, Kuwait
Patton AHP, Kuwait
“Faith, Flight, Fidelity”
I would like to express my sincere heartfelt gratitude thanks to HomelandHeroes Foundation for their assistance in helping me to obtain Bedroom furniture, mattress, pictures, lamps, etc., etc., for my apartment.
I am a USAir Force Vietnam era Veteran and the items donated to me by Homeland Heroes will make my apartment a home.
A special shout-out to Cofounders Julie Weymouth and Kim McMahon for their invaluable expertise in helping me acquire the items I needed without infringing on my pride and integrity.
Thanks to “Homeland Heroes” earnest, heartfelt, work and donations, that I”was afforded, I will always be grateful and appreciative…
“Thank You and God Bless”
A grateful Veteran
Ron G. / USAF
I just wanted to say thank you to HHF for helping me out. I was a homeless veteran living in a transitional home in Nashua. I had nothing and HHF made sure I had everything I needed to get started again. They even gave me a Christmas tree and decorations. I am very grateful to them.
I just want to say *Thank You* for helping my son. The bicycle you gave him so he could get to work and his appointments at the VA has been more helpful than you can imagine. I cannot say enough about the support he has received, this is a wonderful organization!
Hi- this is Peter from Easter Seals Military and Veterans Services with a huge thank you to the Homeland Heroes Foundation!
A few days ago I expressed the need, on behalf of a client, for a TV.This client is a pre- 9/11 veteran who is terminally ill, isolated, lives on a fixed income and only goes out on his electric scooter to go to theDoctors, grocery store, pharmacy and bank- in ALL seasons. Last year he lost his son- a Veteran of the Iraq war with PTSD, to suicide.
This client spends most of his time watching sports and sports shows onTV- its his one pleasure- and he was devastated when his TV finally died less than a week ago. Thanks to a generous HHF donor, I now have a beautiful TV in my car which I will deliver tomorrow morning. My client will be thrilled. I am grateful to HHF, all generous donors, and the growing spirit that WE are the village that can truly support our Veterans in need!
Easter Seals NH Military and Veteran Services
Deployment Cycle Support Care Coordination Program
To whom this may concern,
I once again found myself and family to be homeless with no where to go. Many of the V.A. homeless programs I did not qualify for their assistance due to my income being just over their income guidelines. This hurt me really bad, as I again found myself stranded with no resources to survive.
After many phone calls to the V.A. National homeless support programs, an employee gave me two phone numbers for me to call to see if they would help my dire situation. I then called Easter Seals to explain my situation. Only once again I found I did not qualify for help due to my income. Next, I then called Homeland Heroes where I was met and accepted with unconditional support. This Organization is the real deal! I am
forever grateful for their ongoing support, and providing quality
furniture, kitchen goods – dishes, cups, glasses and silverware just to mention a few. Bedding, sheets etc.. When I was done with Homeland Heroes, I really didn’t have any further need for items to support my apartment. This amazing help enabled me to concentrate on providing food/schooling etc. for my children.
As I look back on my experience with Homeland Heroes. At first, I was angry, and didn’t want any help after being turned away so many times. I would either survive or step out from life – only two alternatives for me in my dire situation. Initially, I was embarrassed to seek help from Homeland Heroes, I am now so fortunate that I did. I strongly recommend Homeland Heroes to any veteran/family struggling to make ends meet, or find themselves bordering on homelessness.
This Organization stepped up to the plate to help me in my time of need, I’m confident, they will be there for you!
A very Humble and Thankful Marine!
Thank you so much for the baby supplies that you provided for one of our soldiers the other week. It was truly a blessing to the family and was much needed. I received a phone call from the soldier and she was very excited and overwhelmed to see all the items that HHF provided. She was full of high praises and humble gratitude for HHF. Thank you again for your sincere care for our service members. It’s because of you that we can
keep our military families fit for the mission.
With Sincere Thanks,
Portsmouth Navy Shipyard
“The furniture that we picked up from Chuck the other day (sofa and tables) – The tables went to a sailor who needed them and who was actually looking for some that same day 🙂 Thank you for all you are doing. You are definitely easing the burden of our military personnel.
Portsmouth Navy Yard
” I wanted to send my sincerest thanks for the donation of the washer and dryer. It has made a costly time of year much easier to bear. It has been much more convenient for me to do laundry instead of taking the baby to the laundry mat. If there is any time you need volunteer work completed please do not hesitate to ask. Again, I appreciate the donation.
I hope you have wonderful holidays.”
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Sailor
Good Morning Ms. Weymouth,
I wanted to pass along my sincerest thanks and appreciation for what you do. My family and I received a truck load of some very nice furniture and we could not be any more grateful. My wife and I are both active duty, and with a big move from California to New Hampshire (from a tiny house to a huge one) we found ourselves without enough furniture. With all the moving required of a military
family I have a great discomfort in paying full price for any new furniture (not to mention the toll my three daughters inflict). Thanks for taking care of us! I wish you the best of luck!
Thank you again.
ETC Preston Endert
Recruiter in Charge
USCG Recruiting Office
1041 Brighton Ave Plaza
Portland, ME 04102
A thank you note from a sailor to HHF.
Dear Homeland Heroes Foundation,
My family and I would like to express our deepest gratitude to you for sending your gift of $75.00 dollars for the purchase of my required uniform item of combat boots. With this gift it allowed for us to purchase much needed medicine for my wife’s diabetes with our last bit of cash that we had left at the time. It was not easy for me to be humble enough to ask for help when we needed it however we are grateful to all those that gave of their time and money to provide for our family. As it may be our last request for awhile as the Lord has done some amazing blessings for our family but nothing will ever let us forget those who have helped us in our hour of need. May God bless each and everyone of you who gives to The Homeland Heroes Foundation because it was their sacrifice of giving that provided for this one sailor and his family; so much stress relief came from this one item that we honestly had no way to provide for. So again from the bottom of our hearts thank you so very much for your kind hearted blessings to our need.
Geo-Bachelor Sailor of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
My name is SGT Timmons I am an active duty Army soldier and last month I asked Julie for assistance with baby things, food, school clothes and supplies. I am currently 8 months pregnant and I have three daughters and times have been hard with my E-5 pay. I want to say thank you so much for the help I have received. I am currently going through some major financial issues and having another baby was not in the plans. Julie from Homeland Heroes was so supportive and seemed to truly and honestly care about me and my kids. She called regularly just to check on me, gave me legal and financial advice. I never felt so important, like everything I ever did mattered and that someone else cared and wanted to help me. My daughters are so grateful for their clothes and were able to start school off properly. Thank you for all your help; you just don’t know how much you have done for my family. I hate asking for help and you never made me feel sorry for asking, you made me feel and believe that my situation will only get better, you made me believe in myself as a mother and a woman. Things are still difficult but I feel like I have things in place a little bit better with the help from Julie at Homeland Heroes. She was able to find donors for baby items and so much more. Homeland Heroes are an awesome group of people. Please continue to do what you do because people like me are grateful for everything and anything you did for us.
Please see the note of thanks from our Marine that will get his brand new bed delivered tomorrow. Please be sure to visit Sleepy’s if you are in the process of buying a new mattress as they have been so very generous and kind to our soldiers.
I wanted to thank you and your wonderful foundation for all your hard work in accommodating me with a bed. I have never had my own bed as an adult outside of the military and I am excited for my first nights rest. In my fourteen years of Marine Corps service, I would never have thought I would be in the position of being homeless. Your quick response and follow through certainly deserves a heartfelt thanks.
I wish you the best of luck in years to come, and I hope your organization continues to prosper and reach veterans all across New England.