Friday, August 1, 2014

Home for Warriors - Hero Inauguration

Palm Bay-FL 

Held today was the inauguration of Home for Warriors recipient -Hero Sgt Justin Burdette and family at their new home. There was a huge spirit of patriotism and community in the air.  The inauguration was followed by   grand community celebration a barbeque at his new home at 250 Crosspoint Street, Palm Bay, Florida .  People packed in down the streets walking to participate in the celebration and Ribbon cutting. 

The Burdette Family Home 

David Isnardi Vice Chair of Space coastparatroopers stated. "It took approx. 8 weeks and 65% of the community pitched in " all volunteers “ to complete the home. He went on to say that Bob Williams NSP City of Palm Bay choreographed everything.

Bob Williams, City of Palm Bay Housing and Neighborhood Development stated, that almost the entire community pitched in some way, most especially many local small businesses.  He went on to emphasize. No matter how big or how small, even a donation of  “ one paint brush”, was recognized as a labor of love. 

When chatting with Mr.. Williams I could sense the humbleness and passion that he is genuinely a man that cares about everyone in the Palm Bay community from our hero’s and residents, to small businesses alike. 

Rob Medina, community relations for Congressman Bill Posey’s gave the invocation. As always, Rob was filled with Gods passion and power each time I see him .  Walking around the yard I asked about the wooden eagle in the back yard. Rob Stated it was a donation made by hand from one of the community volunteers. 

Toward the end, I was a little nervous to go inside, as I did not want to disturb the SGT in his new home. It was with great joy that I think I found him in his most favorite room. 

A room displaying some of his greatest captures as he has a great love for hunting, he was standing near a very cool chair recliner that was donated by Pro bass.  What a humble man that served our country, we both seemed lost for words, " He stated I am so happy".  While in his presence it was evident how honored SGT Burdette was to serve America and how grateful he was that his community had given him a new lease on life.

SGT  Justin Burdette

David Isnardi, James Marshall

Bob Williams 

Rob Medina

If you would like to volunteer or be a part of the next project contact Bob Williamson City of Palm Bay   

The Burdette family is the First  inaugural recipient of the Homes for Warriors The program works in partnership with the Space CoastParatroopers Association to identify wounded veterans in need of housing and donates the home to the qualifying veteran.

On June 9th, 2013 while serving in Afghanistan, Army Sgt. Justin Burdette was tragically wounded by an explosion losing both legs below the knee. SGT Justin Burdette  has had  countless surgeries and will continue to be given medical care . SGT Burdette is a 2005 Graduate of  Palm Bay  High and has served 8 years in the Army 3rd Infantry Division.  

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1 comment:

  1. Thx for being there Laureen, it was good to see you again!