Coalition to Salute America`s Heroes Donates $40K to Construction of New Home for Wounded Marine

Released on: January 21, 2008, 10:35 am

Press Release Author: Kristin Bostic

Industry: Non Profit

Press Release Summary: Leading nonprofit partners with Bay Area Builders Association
to construct handicap accessible home from ground up for Lt. Erasimo Valles and

Press Release Body: Ossining, NY-January 21, 2008- The Coalition to Salute America's
Heroes (CSAH), the leading nongovernmental provider of emergency financial aid for
severely wounded veterans from the War on Terror, has stepped in to donate $40,000
to help build a new handicapped accessible home for a severely wounded Iraq veteran.

Lt. Erasimo Valles, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) was wounded in Iraq in March of 2004
when the Humvee that he was riding in ran over an anti-tank mine. The engine was
shoved into his lap, trapping him inside the vehicle. Somehow he managed to pull
himself out only to find that his legs were turned around in the opposite direction.

"My first thought was that I needed to survive so that I could see my newborn son,
Lorenzo Joseph, who was six weeks old and I had not yet met," said Lt. Valles.

Valles lost one leg in the incident, and is in danger of losing another. The home
that he and his wife shared with their three children was not handicap accessible,
and proved to be a problem for the wounded hero.

This is when the Bay Area Builders Association and the Coalition to Salute America's
Heroes stepped in.

"The Bay Area Builders Association began building handicap accessible homes for
wounded veterans from the War on Terror in 2005," said Dan Wallrath, President of
the Bay Area Builders Association Support Our Troops, Inc., which was started by the
Bay Area Builders Association. "We are extremely honored and excited to be able to
build this home for Lt. Valles and his family. It is the least we could do to honor
his courageous sacrifice. This project would not have been possible without the
generous donations from the suppliers, contractors, the community, and of course the
Coalition to Salute America's Heroes."

The costs of building this home is estimated to be around $300,000 of which there
was a large amount raised by suppliers and contractors, but $41,400 was still needed
to pay for the lot. This is where CSAH stepped in and donated the remainder to pay
for the land.

"The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes works tirelessly every day to ensure that
our wounded heroes are taken care of once they return home injured from overseas,"
said Tom Palma, general manager for CSAH. "When an opportunity presents itself like
this one, we are proud to be such an integral part in a dream being made a reality
for a courageous veteran and his family."

Currently, Lt. Valles resides in San Antonio, TX with his wife Sandra and their
three children, Ty Allen, Lorenzo Joseph and Tatianna SE.

For more information about the Bay Area Builders Association, please visit

For more information about the CSAH, please visit

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About the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes:
The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes is a 501 (c)(3), non-partisan, non-profit
organization dedicated to helping the severely wounded veterans returning from Iraq
and Afghanistan and their families rebuild their lives. The organization is the top
nongovernmental association helping wounded troops from Operation Enduring Freedom
and Operation Iraqi Freedom and since its 2004 inception, has assisted over 4,500

Over $5 million dollars has been distributed to date to prevent car repossessions
and utility shut-offs while trips to sporting events, entertainment parks, and shows
help service members boost morale, break the boredom of the routine of recuperation
and help reintegrate wounded troops into civilian life. The annual all expense paid
Road to Recovery Conference provides seminars, career counseling, job fairs,
evaluations, and inspirational success stories.

CSAH has partnered with numerous celebrities including LeAnn Rimes, Dave Matthews
Band, Gary Sinise, Toby Keith, Charlie Daniels, Regis Philbin and Big & Rich and
Fortune 500 corporations like Kellogg's, GNC and GM, to help further our cause.

For more information or to learn how you can help, please visit the website at

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Contact Details: Contact:
Kristin Bostic
(919) 557-7890

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