Disabled vets making a difference to speak in Weston
Two disabled Iraq veterans who founded an organization to provide barrier-free housing for other disabled vets will speak to the Kiwanis Club of Weston on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Norfield Church parish hall.
Severely injured in Iraq, they founded Purple Heart Homes, whose goal is to provide appropriate housing for disabled vets. According to the group's website, that ranges from referring applicants to appropriate, affordable resources to remodeling or creating a living space from the ground up.
Beatty and Gallina were featured in a Time magazine cover story last month, "The New Greatest Generation," which described how young war veterans are providing leadership at home.
The pair were nearly killed when the Humvee they were riding in struck an anti-tank mine. The blast left Beatty a double amputee and Gallina with traumatic brain injuries, severe back injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Former NBC-TV news anchor Tom Brokaw's best-selling book "The Greatest Generation" described the combat experiences of World War II veterans. Beatty and Gallina said they felt those veterans had been forgotten, and they founded Purple Heart Homes to help veterans disabled in all military conflicts, according to a news release.
In Connecticut, the organization is working on a house in the Hartford suburb of Glastonbury.