IMPACT
08/06/2010 01:00 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Staff Sgt. Dale Beatty, Purple Heart Veteran, Builds Homes For Others Disabled In Combat

Iraq War veteran Staff Sgt. Dale Beatty was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in combat -- he lost both his legs. With the use of prosthetics and a therapy regimen that includes playing the drums, however, he counts himself fortunate compared to other veterans with less mobility.

To aid those who have fared worse, Beatty founded Purple Heart Homes, Inc., an entirely veteran-operated organization that modifies homes to accommodate newly-disabled vets. Purple Heart Homes is a nonprofit company that focuses on helping veterans transition smoothly to a new home or an accessible home regardless of what injuries they have sustained.

SSG Beatty and his founding partner John Gallina, also a Purple Heart veteran, say the reason their organization works so well is that they involve the veterans' communities in the construction work, an action that fosters a welcome atmosphere for retired soldiers readjusting to stateside life.

Watch SSG Beatty's interview on CNN:

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