Helping a Hero.org is a not-for-profit organization that helps wounded veterans realize their dreams of home ownership that is adapted to their injuries.
I first met one of the board members, Meredith Iler to discuss a possible photo essay of one of their events. My photo partner Tim Burggraf and I were inspired by some of the stories and their main mission. They have helped facilitate the building of over 50 homes in Texas and other states. The gala raised over 1 million dollars and gave away over 20 homes with previously raised money. The staff consists of 100% non-paid volunteers, so every dollar goes towards the veterans. For each applicant, Helping a Hero donates $100,000, finds a local builder to donate $50,000 and a land developer to donate a $50,000 lot; totaling $200,000. Then floor plans are adjusted to meet the needs of each injury and growing families. The Veteran is handed the key to their specially built home with a $50,000 low interest mortgage to cover the reaming amount of the home building cost. Helping a hero.org also helped fund the building of 2 homes on ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover.