Dale Beatty was a war hero, a double amputee, and a co-founder of Purple Heart Homes, a non-profit organization that provides housing solutions for disabled veterans. His death shocked and saddened his family, friends, and the veteran community, who remembered him as a courageous, compassionate, and inspiring leader.
Dale’s Life and Service
Dale was born and raised in Statesville, North Carolina, where he joined the North Carolina National Guard in 1996
On November 15, 2004, Dale and his friend John Gallina were severely injured in Bayji, Iraq, when a mine exploded under their Humvee. John suffered brain and spine injuries, while Dale lost both of his legs below the knee.
Dale returned to Statesville in 2005, where he received a warm welcome from his community. He also received a new home, thanks to the generosity of local volunteers and donors. Dale was grateful for the support, but he also realized that many other disabled veterans were not as fortunate as
Dale’s Legacy and Impact
In 2008, Dale and John founded Purple Heart Homes, a veteran-owned and veteran-operated non-profit organization that provides housing solutions for service-connected disabled
Purple Heart Homes offers two programs: the Veterans Aging in Place program, which modifies existing homes to make them more accessible and barrier-free; and the Veterans Home Ownership program, which provides veterans with new or renovated homes at a reduced cost.
Since its inception, Purple Heart Homes has helped more than 300 veterans and their families in 30 states.
Dale was passionate about serving his fellow veterans, and he often shared his story and vision with others. He was a frequent guest on TV shows and podcasts, and he also spoke at various events and conferences.
Dale Beatty was a war hero, a double amputee, and a co-founder of Purple Heart Homes, who died suddenly on February 12, 2018, due to a blood clot in each lung. He was a courageous, compassionate, and inspiring leader, who dedicated his life to helping his fellow veterans find a comfortable and accessible place to call home. He left behind a legacy of love and service, and he will be missed by many.