Building Homes for Heroes Salutes US Army SSG Aaron Hale

March 18, 2013 by SoWal Staff

Building Homes for Heroes is proud to announce a homecoming celebration to welcome Army Staff Sergeant Aaron Hale to his new home at 73 Pelican Bay Drive in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida on Saturday, April 6 at 10:30 a.m. Joining in the celebration will be high-ranking military personnel, members of the construction team, local dignitaries, community members, corporate sponsors, civic organizations, friends and family, etc.

In December of 2011, Staff Sergeant Hale, an EOD technician, was severely injured in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated. Every bone in SSG Hale’s face was broken, he suffered severe burns, and was left completely blind. He served a tour in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan. SSG Hale’s unit completed 1,100 counter-IED missions, destroying more than 20,000 pounds of enemy explosives. SSG Hale, a Purple Heart recipient, estimates he disabled as many as 50 explosive devices during his last tour in Afghanistan.

SSG Hale, his wife, Kelly, and their four children, Sheldon, Bailey, McKenzie, and Cameron will be moving into a beautiful, newly renovated, mortgage-free home. The home has been modified by award-winning general contracting company Randy Wise Homes, Inc. specifically to meet SSG Hale’s needs. Randy Wise Homes, the most recent builder to join the Building Homes for Heroes construction team, was recently selected for inclusion in the Southern Living magazine's exclusive Custom Builder Program.  Randy is honored to be a part of this and says the community has opened their hearts and wallets to help make this happen for Aaron and his family. 

In addition to the home, Building Homes for Heroes will provide SSG Hale and his family with mentoring and other support over the next two years to ensure that they are successful homeowners and establish a solid foundation for the future. Generous donors provide funding for the mentorship.

"This is a gift that’s heartwarming and meaningful for the Hale family and all involved. It’s one that’s generational and memorable for all of our children, especially the Hale children. It’s a gift where together we are able to make our communities and country a better place. How great it that! Building Homes for Heroes hopes to gift as many as thirty homes in 2013 – fifteen in Florida. Please join us on the 6th of April." - Andy Pujol, President. 

About Building Home for Heroes: Building Homes for Heroes, Inc. recognizes the tremendous sacrifices of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces by supporting the needs of severely wounded or disabled soldiers and their families. It is a national organization committed to supporting these brave men and women, with a goal to build homes for families in dire need.

For more information on this celebration, please call 516 684-9220 or visit the organization's website at For media inquiries, ask for Andy Pujol.




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