In November 2018, hundreds of Notes of Love were left for US Army Spc Heath Howes & his family at the site of their new mortgage-free custom home built by Hibbs Homes and Operation FINALLY HOME. These notes will be permanently sealed into the walls of the home during construction. US Army Spc Heath Howes was deployed in Afghanistan when his truck was hit by a 200-pound IED (improvised explosive device) during a vehicle patrol. The driver, Howes’ best friend, and soldier sitting across from Howes were immediately killed, while Howes and his captain sustained life-threatening injuries. To this day, he cannot recall anything that happened following the explosion.
Howes’ injuries include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a traumatic brain injury (TBI), a spinal burst, fractured ribs, nerve damage in his left leg, severe right ankle fracture, collapsed lung and more. He was honorably discharged in January 2014. His wife, Savannah, serves as his primary caretaker, driving him to the nearest VA facility that is two and a half hours away and helping him in his wheelchair when necessary. Although recovery is a long process, Howes remains determined to continue healing physically, mentally and spiritually. In recognition of his courageous military service, Howes had been honored with numerous awards, including a Purple Heart, an Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two stars, two Combat Action Badges, an Army Commendation Medal and NATO Medal.
Since Howes is currently unable to work, he spends his time coaching his sons’ T-ball and baseball teams, giving him a sense of purpose. His goal is to teach the young boys hard work, discipline and sportsmanship. As Howes continues to receive rehabilitative care, his wife hopes to eventually return to pharmacy training.
We are proud to be building this family a mortgage-free home in partnership with Operation Finally Home. This project has been made possible by donated time and materials. Your donation will help them finish off the kitchen, the kids’ rooms and the living room.
Our goal is to $5,000 by 12/7 – to finish off the kids’ rooms, the living rooms, and the kitchen. We need your help to reach this goal.