HelpingaHero.org will break ground on a new Chesmar Home in Towne Lake Community for wounded Marine, Cpl Raul Olivares, his wife and 3 children. The groundbreaking will symbolize the start of a new chapter in Raul’s life as he continues to rebuild his life.
Cpl Olivares graduated from Eagle Pass High School and joined the Marines. At 15, he thought of dropping out of high school and his mom took him to the watermelon fields and showed him a day of hard labor…he began to value education and think about his future. He embraced the Marines where he learned the importance of discipline, courage, honor, and commitment.
Cpl Olivares and his Marine platoon were deployed to a very hostile area in Afghanistan. They took a helicopter to the forward operating base to begin patrolling the region and within 12 days they accomplished their mission of establishing two additional FOB’s. On June 18, 2010 he was in a convoy on the way back to the main operating base when he was hit by an IED. He was thrust from his gunner position, one of his Marines was killed and 3 others wounded. The IED explosion broke both of Raul’s legs and the shrapnel was causing him to bleed out. One of his Marines stabilized him for transport. After weeks of countless surgeries, the surgeons were able to save his legs. Both legs are considered limb salvage and may still need to be amputated in the future.
He and his wife Lesley have 3 children. And Raul looks forward to graduating from college and owning his own business.
This is the 6th home Texas based HelpingaHero.org has partnered with Chesmar Homes to build. Chesmar homes has worked with HelpingaHero.org to design a home that will meet this family’s needs as they rebuild their lives. This home will include 4 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths. Raul spends 50% of his time at home in his wheelchair so the doors will be wider, and his bathroom will include a roll in shower and other safety features.
Towne Lake is an award-winning, master-planned community located in the Cypress-Fairbanks area of northwest Houston, Texas. At the finish of construction, the community will cover 2,400 acres and feature Houston’s largest private lake, boardwalk, marina, amphitheater, Kroger grocery store, medical services, waterfront mixed-use development featuring Class A office space, and lakeside living. In 2012, the Greater Houston Builders Association named Towne Lake the Master Planned Community of the Year. Towne Lake promotes an outdoor lifestyle with features such as a 300-acre recreational lake, picturesque views, an extensive park and trail system, beautiful landscaping, and Texas Hill Country charm. Caldwell Companies began development of Towne Lake in 2006. Homebuilders include Braziel Building Group, Brickland Homes, Chesmar Homes, Coventry Homes, David Weekley Homes, Frontier Custom Homes, Goshy Homes, Highland Homes, Jaeger Homes, Jamestown Estate Homes, Mike Harrison Custom Homes, Morning Star Builders, Newmark Homes Houston, Plantation Homes, Princeton Classic Homes, Ryland Homes, Trendmaker Homes, Toll Brothers, Inc., Village Builders, and Westin Homes. Towne Lake is located in Harris County, Texas, and is zoned to Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Visit Towne Lake online atwww.TowneLakeTexas.com, or on Facebook and Twitter.
Houston based, Helping a Hero is a 501(c)(3) non profit, non-partisan organization providing support for military personnel, severely injured in the war on terror. Our principal activity is to provide specially adapted homes for qualifying service members as well as engaging the community to provide services and resources for our wounded heroes and their families. Thanks to the HelpingaHero.org Home Program, 90 severely wounded heroes from 21 states have been awarded a new adapted home. HelpingaHero.org is the 2nd largest 501(c)(3) organization building homes for our severely wounded heroes in the nation. And all of this has been accomplished with no paid staff for our first 6 years. Our first staff member was hired Sept 1, 2012.
Applications are being accepted RIGHT NOW for our 2014 Home Recipients to be awarded on November 12, 2013, in Houston, TX at our National Gala featuring General Tommy Franks, USA (Ret.), NFL Hall of Fame Wide Receiver, Lynn Swann and over 100 severely wounded warriors.
For more information on the HelpingaHero.org’s Home Program, visit the website atwww.helpingahero.org.