House of Heroes Seeks General Contractors to Aid Connecticut Veterans

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“Legion 100” Campaign to Build Army of Volunteer Craftsmen to Help Hundreds of Connecticut Vets; Informational Event June 24 in Cromwell

Hamden, Conn. (June 10, 2015) – House of Heroes Connecticut (HOHCT) is putting out a call to Connecticut-based general contractors willing to pledge 100 hours of community service to honor Connecticut veterans.

The HOHCT “Legion 100” campaign is a grass roots initiative that seeks to expand exponentially the reach and impact of House of Heroes Connecticut (, which honors the service and sacrifice of military and public safety veterans through the provision of no-cost home improvement services. HOHCT is seeking a total of 100 volunteer general contractors throughout Connecticut’s eight counties willing to take on the role of “Home Captain.”

The program is targeted exclusively to experienced general contractors with a serious interest in community service, specifically honoring veterans. Interested general contractors are invited to an informational reception, dinner and training session Wednesday, June 24, 5:30-8 p.m. at the Courtyard Hartford Cromwell, 4 Sebethe Drive, Cromwell. Register at, or call (860) 464-2455 for more information.

“General contractors and tradesmen are the lifeblood of House of Heroes and we’re looking to build an army of craftsmen willing to pledge 100 hours per year honoring veterans. That’s just one day per month and chances are we’ll never ask you for that much time,” said House of Heroes National Chairman Bill May, also co-founder of the organization’s Connecticut chapter. “With these pledges and the support of STANLEY Tools and our Build Your America partnership, we are taking the House of Heroes mission nationwide – and it all starts right here in Connecticut.”

House of Heroes is specifically looking for general contractors with ties to subcontractors in each Connecticut county. Home Captains will work with HOHCT to qualify veterans, fund materials and plan projects, then take the lead in executing the organization’s mission to “Make a Difference in a Day.”

At the June 24 event, attendees will meet the HOHCT team, enjoy dinner and get acquainted with the organization’s policies and procedures. Also that evening, HOHCT will: Recognize STANLEY Tools for its multi-year commitment to HOHCT, and; honor one of the vets it helped this year, Steve Benkowski of Hampton, a retired U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter mechanic who was injured in Afghanistan.

Founded in January 2000, House of Heroes is a nonprofit organization serving the nation's military and public safety veterans (and their spouses) who are disabled, living on a fixed income, or facing other physical/financial challenges. Volunteers perform minor repairs and make improvements to the homes of veterans and their spouses – at no cost to the veteran – through the generosity of individuals, civic organizations and corporations. Nationwide, House of Heroes chapters in Georgia, Arizona, Connecticut and Iowa have completed more than 600 projects in 17 states.

The House of Heroes Connecticut chapter was founded in 2012 by May and his partner, Steve Cavanaugh of Biltmore Construction, Hamden. Over the past two years, House of Heroes Connecticut has provided no-cost home improvements valued at nearly half a million dollars to nearly 50 Connecticut veterans and their families in cities and towns across Connecticut including Berlin, Bethany, Bridgeport, Cheshire, Derby, East Hartford, Hamden, Hampton, Ledyard, Manchester, Milford, New Britain, Norwich, Orange, Plainville, Seymour, Southington, Stratford, West Haven and Wolcott.

In addition to STANLEY Tools, House of Heroes Connecticut counts among its supporters AT&T Pioneers, Biltmore Construction, Coldwell Banker, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, DeLucia Home Improvements, the Disabled American Veterans/Hardware City Chapter 8, Farmington Bank, FD Plumbing and Heating, F.J. Miller Construction, the Home Depot Foundation, HQ Dumpsters and Recycling, the Ion Bank Foundation, Pacelli Contractors, Inc., the Rotary Clubs of Southington and Hamden, Russo Roofing, Inc., Sikorsky Aircraft, Susco Building Group, LLC and UTC Flight.

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