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Fundraiser for Building Homes for Heroes and 2 Severely Wounded Local Veterans

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What: Fundraiser for Building Homes for Heroes and 2 Severely Wounded Local Veterans
When: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

LeCiel Ballroom, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy. West
Miramar Beach

This benefit will help to provide two local wounded veterans, Army Staff Sergeant Aaron Hale and Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joseph Deslauriers with new homes. 

On December 8, 2011, Army Staff Sergeant Aaron Hale was severely injured in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated. Hale suffered from multiple facial bone fractures, severe burns to his face and upper thighs, crushed sinuses, blown ear drums, and as a result of the blast and the shrapnel, Hale was left completely blind.

To help with his disability, Building Homes for Heroes will make the Hales’ new home a “smart house” with electronic devices, including an upgraded kitchen, which will help Aaron be more self-sufficient. Kim Vesey, director of military relations with the group, said it also will install different flooring in each room to help Aaron know where he is. Aaron’s wife, Kelly, is fighting melanoma, so the home will have a Florida room so she can have a place out of the sun to watch their four children play. The home is scheduled for completion on December 15th. Hale, of the 760th EOD (explosive ordinance disposal), served a tour in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan.

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joseph Deslauriers was injured in September 2011 when on a combat operation in Afghanistan. Deslauriers was mounted in a mine resistance vehicle conducting a post blast assessment of an IED explosion. In an effort to get a closer look at the damage done by the IED blast, Tech. Sgt. Deslauriers dismounted and stepped on a secondary mine. The explosion that ensued resulted in Deslauriers losing both legs above the knee, and his left arm at the elbow. Deslauriers carried out two tours of duty in Afghanistan and served in Iraq, Kuwait and Kosovo.

For more information call (850) 678-9473 or email

CAN’T ATTEND? All donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated. Please make checks to: Building Homes for Heroes. Mail checks to: Randy Wise Homes, 127 N. Partin Drive, Niceville, Florida 32578

ABOUT HOMES FOR HEROES: Building Home for Heroes is a non-profit organization that builds custom homes from the ground up, or renovates homes, to meet the unique needs of combat wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. The homes are provided mortgage-free. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Jim Rogers, Southern Regional Representative, Building Homes For Heroes, 407- 803-5398. Email: (Website:

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