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Wounded Veteran Gets Keys to New Apple Valley Home

On March 12, Army Specialist Jose Martinez was presented with the keys to the new home in Apple Valley by representatives of the Homes for Our Troops organization. The home is the 209th in the nation to be donated to an injured veteran. Homes for Our Troops builds specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans to help them to rebuild their lives. A ceremony was held at the home, with family and friends of Martinez attending, as well as local dignitaries and the community. Also participating in the ceremony were the High Desert Young Marines, Quilts of Valor, American Legion #725, Patriot Guard Riders, Veterans United Home Loans, Supervisor Lovingood, representatives from Congressman Cook and Assemblyman Obernolte, and Town of Apple Valley Mayor Barb Stanton, among others. Martinez was injured in Kandahar, Afghanistan while attempting to aid a soldier who was seriously injured in a blast, but he stepped on an IED which resulted in the loss of both of his legs, his right arm and a partial amputation of his left hand. The home awarded to Martinez and his wife, Lizette, has over 40 adaptations for handicapped access. Founded in 2004, HFOT has completed 209th specially adapted homes nationwide in 40 states, and there are currently 110 Veterans in the program waiting to receive homes. For more information call (508) 823-3300.
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Homes for Troops Volunteers Install Landscaping

On February 20, a group of volunteers came out in force to help install landscaping at the brand new Apple Valley home of Army Specialist Jose Martinez. They planted flowers, spread mulch, and installed grass sod at the home. The home is provided to Martinez through a program called Homes for Our Troops, which builds specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans Post-9/11, to enable them to rebuild their lives. Martinez was on a foot patrol with members of the 2/3 Infantry Division in Kandahar, Afghanistan. While attempting to aid a soldier who was seriously injured in a blast, he stepped on and exploded another improvised explosive device (IED), which resulted in the loss of both of his legs, his right arm and partial amputation of his left hand. Find out how your hobbies can become a fun community fundraiser to benefit the SPC Martinez project. Visit www.hfotusa.org/fundraise and help spread the word! Founded in 2004, HFOT has completed almost 200 specially adapted homes nationwide in 40 states, and there are currently 110 Veterans in the program waiting to receive homes. For more information send inquiries to ifundraising@hfotusa.org or call (508) 823-3300.

High Desert Opportunity Installs 2016 Board of Directors

High Desert Opportunity (HDO), the premier High Desert event annually showcasing local businesses and development opportunities for new and expanding businesses, installed their 2016 Executive Committee and Board of Directors. The 2016 Executive Committee is President Eric Camarena, 1st Vice-President Cari Thomas, 2ndVice-President Terry Saenz, Secretary Louisa Miller, Treasurer and Past President Gwen Bedics. The 2016 Board of Directors are Orlando Acevedo, Gwen Bedics, Louise Bevilacqua, Eric Camarena, Monique Carter, Denise Laliberte, Louisa Miller, Roy Miller, Sheryl Thomas-Perkins, Terry Saenz, Kathy Switzer, and Cari Thomas. The goal of High Desert Opportunity (HDO) is to support economic growth and stability by attracting businesses and jobs to the High Desert. The event is organized by a volunteer group of approximately 40 local business professionals and community leaders. Volunteers, from all walks of life, are welcomed. For more information about the High Desert Opportunity Conference and volunteer opportunities, call 760-245-7600, emailinfo@highdesertopportunity.com, or visit their website atwww.highdesertopportunity.com. About High Desert Opportunity High Desert Opportunity (HDO) is the premier High Desert event annually showcasing local businesses and development opportunities for new and expanding businesses. The goal of the event is to support economic growth and stability by attracting businesses and jobs to the High Desert.  The region encompasses the cities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Hesperia and Victorville as well as portions of San Bernardino County.  In its 35th year, High Desert Opportunity continues to grow, continually attracting close to 1,000 attendees focusing on the benefits of doing business in the High Desert.