Honoring Our Heroes

The Branham Family

During a time when fond family memories were to begin, Staff Sergeant Kyle Branham and his wife and daughter found themselves in a different position. Upon buying their first home in Akron, Ohio in 2016, problems began that Kyle nor his wife could imagine possible. An inspection was completed on this home and sold by a credited realtor, so when the Branham family noticed an addition built on the house before they moved in, they didn’t think much of it. Ninety days into moving into their first home, water began backing up in every place that it could. Kyle immediately […]

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Giving Tuesday 2016: Our Mission to Help Build a Home for Ryan Foote

On this global day of giving back, one of the best ways to get involved is in your community. At NEOPAT, assisting local military families in Northeast Ohio, in any way that we can, is our mission. We wouldn’t have been able to assist over 8,000 families thus far without your support! This year, join the NEOPAT Movement and Purple Heart Homes to improve a veteran’s life. It is our mission to honor U.S. Army Sergeant, Ryan Foote, with a new and improved home. Ryan served in the U.S. Military from 2003-2007. In 2005, Ryan arrived in Iraq, where his duty […]

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Purple Heart Homes Builds Veteran Leo Robinson New Home

Compelled to help his country after the tragedies of 9/11, Leo Robinson enlisted in the U.S. Marines. The military was a family affair with the Robinson’s. After enlisting and completing basic training at Parris Island, Leo was deployed first to Al Ramadi, Iraq and then to Helmand, Afghanistan. To this day, he can’t talk about what happened to him while he was there. For three years, he has tried with his therapist, to learn more of his own personal war story. For now, it remains a secret, locked inside Leo himself. Whatever happened, his health was seriously impacted and he […]

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The Ancona Family

Chad Ancona is a war veteran from Wadsworth, Ohio, deployed twice. First to Iraq, then to Afghanistan. While deployed he was an 11B Infantryman and motor section leader. Chad made the decision to leave the military after he suffered injuries and began working for the Union in Ohio upon his return home. While working at his new pipeline job, a tree fell on him, nearly killing him. His rating from the VA states he cannot work and he is currently unemployable. Chad is now paralyzed from the waist down. Thankfully, worker’s compensation is covering all work injuries, however the VA could not help […]

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The Santiago Family

Amanda and Matthew Santiago, a young military family out of Lorain, Ohio, have struggled as a family for the last few years. With Matthew serving in the U.S. Army across the world, it has not been an easy journey for the family, who have had to endure the loss of a child, health scares affecting Matthew, and raising two other children. NEOPAT stepped in to assist the Santiago Family during their time of need, in order to alleviate some of the financial and emotional burdens they have been facing. Please watch the video above, to learn more about the Santiago’s.

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Adopt-a-Military Family Success

We’ve just received the statistics from the 2015 holiday season’s Adopt-a-Military Family program and we’re so pleased to announce that the program was a HUGE success! First and foremost, we want to extend an immense thank you to Nei Dentler, a NEOPAT volunteer, for coordinating this program. With Nei’s support and hard work, 216 children were able to have a better holiday season! Here are the numbers, in comparison with the previous year’s stats: -We adopted 68 military families in 2014 and 90 in 2015! -55 sponsors adopted 79 families in 2015 and gift cards were donated to the remaining […]

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Local Military Holiday Parties

Every holiday season, we make it our mission to cover all costs of military holiday parties in the 20-county area in which we serve. We were so proud to be able to do it once again this year, in order to give companies and centers a chance to enjoy the holiday season with friends and families. Happy Holidays, everyone! Here are just some of the kind things they had to say about our help: “Thank you for your generous donation of money for our family holiday party and F.R.G. needs. Our holiday celebration was a huge success . Your contribution […]

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Ohio Flags of Honor GoFundMe

Ohio Flags of Honor is a 501(c)(3) corporation registered with the State of Ohio, and we need your help to continue our efforts in honoring the fallen men & women from Ohio. When Gino and Lisa Zimmer lost their son, Specialist Nicholaus E. Zimmer, in May 2004, they wanted to find a way to keep their son’s memory alive, along with all other fallen heroes’. With the help of others, the Ohio Flags of Honor traveling memorial was born. It exists to honor all who have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan while fighting the War on Terrorism. […]

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Adopt-a-Military Family

There is nothing more rewarding than helping a military family during the holiday season. To see children’s eyes light up at the sight of new toys as parents tear up, knowing that guardian angels have made their holiday less stressful, is a beautiful feeling. After a record setting year of helping over 90 families with more than 210 children last holiday season, we’re proud to announce the start of our Adopt-a-Military-Family program, once again. To find out how you can help a military family in need, please click here. If you, or someone you know, is a military family in need […]

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The Hunt Family

Eric Hunt did two tours in Iraq—the first tour, from February to July of 2003. During this tour, Hunt was responsible for making sure all units had food, water, and ammo for the 1st Marine Division. His unit was convoyed from Kuwait across the border into Iraq and eventually made their way into Baghdad, where Hunt served during the riots and looting. From Baghdad, the unit was convoyed to Al Diwaniyah where Hunt was responsible for providing school supplies for the Iraqi children. Hunt’s second tour, from January to August of 2004 was when he became a part of the advance party […]

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Thank you for your recent gift of $1,750.00. Your monetary gift will benefit all who attend the Coast Guard holiday parties throughout Northeast Ohio. 

- J.K. Little, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Chief of Staff, Ninth Coast Guard District