Helping a Hero:
A National Organization Providing Homes for Wounded Vets
The Helping A Hero program has to date, awarded 100 homes in 22 states across the country. Working with developers of planned communities, with homes on average valued at $250.000, the organization works to settle veteran families in stable, safe and supportive communities. Homes are titled in the veteran's name and recipient wounded veterans contribute $50.000 toward the final purchase price of the home along with using their Specially adapted Housing Grant provided by the VA.
"Our $50.000 mortgage allows the wounded veteran to participate in the purchase of the home at a level he is able to afford on his fixed disability income" explains Helping A Hero's Chairman Emeritus, Meredith IIler.
The mortgage together with insurance, taxes and maintenance is generally less than an average month's rent and, in addition to being affordable, also provides a personally adapted residence that will allow the veteran as much independence as possible in the course of daily life.
About SGT (Ret) Jonathan Rivenbark
SGT (Ret) Jonathan Rivenbark grew up in Eastern North Carolina and enlisted in the Army in 2009. Stationed at Ft Bragg and Airborne Infantryman, he was deployed to Afghanistan twice.
During his second deployment in 2012, STG Rivenbark experienced an ambush that resulted in four machine gunshot wounds that fractured both of his knees, causing severe nerve and tissue damage. Today, he spends most of his time in a wheelchair and uses a stimulator to help fire the muscles in his legs. “Our new house will provide Yulia and me with far more comfortable place to call home. The specially designed aspects will really help me move around more easily and make it easier on my wonderful wife, too”, says SGT (Ret) Rivenbark.
McKee Homes, with support from Usa Dream Stone, Builds Custom Adaptive Residence for Wounded Army Veteran.
The Home is provided with only a $50.000 mortgage to the veteran as part of the Helping A Hero program which works with builders, suppliers, landowners and communities where veterans receive and ongoing support from neighbors, home owners associations, and other nearby service and veterans organizations. The Rivenbark home is one of the three homes being dedicated this month by Helping A Hero and is the 3rd home completed in North Carolina.
Mc Kee Homes has previously built three adaptive homes for military veterans, though this is the first time it has partnered with Helping a Hero. McKee Homes contributed $50.000 toward the price of the home through its Joe McKee Memorial Alzheimer´s Fund. They also coordinated contributions of labor, material or both from building suppliers and vendors eager to support the project. Developer Mountain Real Estate Capital donated the lot at legacy Lakes, located in Aberdeen, NC. near Pinehurst.
The Key ceremony at which SGT (Ret) Rivenbark and his wife, Yulia, assume ownership of their home is on Tuesday, August 18, at 11.30 am. The Home is located at: 380 Kerr Lake Rd. Aberdeen, NC 28315
Home is part of the Legacy Lakes community in Aberdeen, NC, will welcome new neighbors on Tuesday, August 18, when SGT (Ret) Jonathan Rivenbark and his wife assume ownership of a home built to accommodate his injuries.
The 2.300 sq. ft. home features wider door openings and hallways, lower counters in the kitchen and bathrooms, zero - threshold entries at showers and exterior doors, and a sidewalk surrounding the home to better accommodate SGT (Ret) Rivenbark's disabilities and a wheelchair.
Built by McKee Homes and valued at more than $250.000 Usa Dream Stone provided GRANITE COUNTERTOPS to the construction project.
“ We are delighted to be part of such a
valuable program that recognizes and honors veterans” service and supports their ongoing recovery and independence " said Usa Dream Stone President.