On Saturday, October 19, 2019, Johnson Brunetti had the great honor of serving two veterans with the help of the House of Heroes CT Chapter. We were able to contribute the funds needed to help with projects at both veterans’ homes and many of our staff volunteered their time to rake, shovel, clean, and paint the two homes. We even had clients sign up to join us, which made the event all the more special.
House of Heroes Connecticut is a nonprofit organization that helps veterans and their spouses care for, improve, or maintain their houses if they find they are no longer able to. The mission of House of Heroes™, Inc. is to recognize and honor military and public safety veterans and/or their spouses who have served our country faithfully and sacrificially. For more information about this organization, to donate, or to find a place to volunteer, visit their website.
One of the two honorees was E5 Nils Dahl who served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1966 and is a Vietnam War Veteran. He trained as an audio specialist during his service with the Army Signal Corps. Nils was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal, as well as two Marksman Badges and a Sharpshooter Badge.
The second honoree was CS3 Frank Anastasio who served in the U.S. Navy from 1950-1954 as a cook and baker aboard the USS LST-1084 during the Korean War. He is proud of the fact that he was part of Operation Big Switch. For his service, Frank was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the Navy Occupation Medal (Asia) and the United Nations Service Medal (Korea). More recently, in 2016 Frank was presented with the Republic of Korea Medal of Gratitude.
By far the most special moments of the day were during the ceremonies held by House of Heroes for each veteran. During this time, the leaders of House of Heroes highlighted the accomplishments of both men. They then presented them with an American flag that was raised over the U.S. Capitol, folded by a Boy Scout troop and placed inside a beautiful handmade box. It was at this moment that we saw just how much these men truly appreciated the efforts put forth by our team members and clients who volunteered their time, and other neighbors and friends.
This was our first partnership with this incredible organization, and we look forward to building a long-time relationship with House of Heroes CT Chapter and to helping them “Make a Difference in a Day” for years to come.
Photo credit: John Marinelli, 2019