Join us in helping to build a home for a wounded Veteran
The Real Estate Inspection Company supports Home For Our Troops. This great organization builds fully accessible, mortgage-free houses for disabled Veterans. Through our partnership with HFOT, our company running team is raising money for this fine organization to continue their mission.
About Homes for Our Troops
Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of these Veterans have sustained injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives. Since its inception in 2004, nearly 90 cents of every dollar donated to Homes for Our Troops has gone to directly to our program services for Veterans. HFOT builds these homes where the Veteran chooses to live and continues its relationship with the Veterans after home delivery to assist them with rebuilding their lives.
Building Homes and Rebuilding Lives
HFOT builds homes as a departure point for these Veterans to rebuild their lives, and once again become highly productive members of society. Despite their life-altering injuries, many of our Veterans have embarked on new careers, completed their college degrees, or started families. Empowered by the freedom a mortgage-free and specially adapted home brings, these Veterans can now focus on their recovery and returning to their life’s work of serving others. Many have embraced their roles as motivational speakers, sharing their messages of persevering through tragedy with groups and classrooms around the country; others take to a national platform to promote awareness of veteran suicide, homelessness, and PTSD. Their incredible stories – far too numerous to include on one page – are the driving force for the work we do here at HFOT. We encourage you to read more about their amazing stories at this website.
Who We are Helping
Last year we raised money for Sgt. Toran Gaal. His mortgage-free house is located in Valley Center. His family moved into their home in mid-2016. Your donation will help fund another similar project for a deserving Veteran.
Marine Sergeant Toran Gaal has no recollection of the incident that occurred on June 26, 2011, when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated beneath him, resulting in the loss of both leg and severe brain injury. Sgt Gaal was serving with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines in Sangin, Afghanistan, and was on his third deployment. Ironically, just the evening prior to the explosion, Sgt Gaal had announced to his unit that he was reenlisting.
Sgt Gaal would wake up from a coma two months later under the impression that he was still in high school and had been in a car crash and had no memory of ever being a Marine. Following his medical evacuation from the blast site, he was transported to Bagram and then to Landstuhl, Germany, and was then brought stateside to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Bethesda) where he stayed for seven months. Eventually, he was treated at the VA in Palo Alto for his brain injury and then on to Balboa Naval Medical Center in San Diego and was later medically retired.
In January 2012, Toran took his first steps on prosthetics, which gave him, as he says, “a whole new level of what satisfaction means.” He credits the strides he has made in his recovery with the many people he has met who impacted or motivated him in some way.
The home that was provided to Toran from Homes for Our Troops will ease much of the pain he still feels on a daily basis. By the end of the day Toran is most comfortable in his wheelchair and now has a fully accessible home. Having an open kitchen and being able to cook for family and friends when they visit is a huge benefit. Not bumping into the walls of narrow hallways or being confined in small spaces will also make life easier for him.
Toran and his fiancée, Lisa, were recently married. Receiving a mortgage-free home will lift the burden of worrying about a place to live and help Toran focus on rebuilding his life. Toran has interned with several publicly traded companies and has also worked within the House of Representatives with Congressman Duncan D. Hunter. He would like to build on those professional experiences in the future. Living in a safe home built around his needs where he is not likely to slip and fall will ensure he stays healthy and strong and become more self-sufficient. Toran has also started to surf and swim as part of his recovery. Toran would also like to get more involved with hand cycling and would like to compete in a triathlon at some point in the future. To the supporters of Homes for Our Troops, Toran would like to say, “Thank you…the support has been and will continue to be a huge inspiration and motivation for me to be better and give back even more to my country.”
Building on Success
Since 2004, HFOT has built over 190 specially adapted homes nationwide. Our goal is to build a home for every Veteran who qualifies for one of our specially adapted homes. View our active project list.
HFOT has received Charity Navigator’s highest rating of 4 Stars every year since 2008. Charity Watch has awarded HFOT an A rating and included us on its list of Top-Rated Military & Veterans Charities. Learn more.
We Need Your Help
The average cost to construct each specially adapted home nationwide runs $430,000. Homes for Our Troops is a privately funded organization and receives no assistance from the Department of Veterans Affairs or any other government organization. Nearly 70 percent of our operational budget is generated by individual donors and community fundraisers nationwide who step up to help our American heroes by coordinating everything from lemonade stands to golf tournaments. The remaining financial support we receive is from corporations, foundations, and our corporate sponsors.