Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Healing Heroes First Annual PUB CRAWL!



Healing Heroes Network is excited to announce that we will be hosting our 1st annual 
"Pub Crawl for Heroes" on Saturday, March 28, 2015 in beautiful Downtown Dunedin!
Join us to raise money for injured Heroes in need of medical treatments, while we walk the streets of Main Street on a fun filled day!  We have partnered with the following FIVE establishments to ensure the finest in spirits that Dunedin has to offer:






Invite your friends and enjoy games, prizes, raffles, and signature cocktails at each stop.  Your support will help to provide financial assistance for treatment and therapy services to injured military personnel.  Please visit www.pubcrawlsforheroes.com to sign up TODAY!   Tickets are $20 in advance, and $30 day of the Crawl.  ALL PROCEEDS will go directly to Healing Heroes Network.  FREE EVENT T-SHIRT for all advance tickets purchases.  

For more information please contact us at (727) 781-4376 or info@healingheroes.org

We hope to see you there!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Legoland Florida Giveaway!


Healing Heroes Network wants to say Thank You to our service members by giving back to our own local Military Heroes...  


We currently have TWO family 4 packs of admission tickets to Legoland Florida, and would like to give them away to TWO special military families in the Tampa Bay area!  If you are a Military service member, from any branch of the armed forces, retired or active duty, please email us NOW at info@healingheroes.org and tell us about your family!  (You will need to supply a copy of your Military ID and/or DD-214 upon request.)  Healing Heroes Network will choose TWO lucky families to visit Legoland Florida!




As always, we are eternally grateful to all of our military heroes for their service, and we know that their families sacrifice so much as well...  Through this giveaway, we wish to recognize the Heroes and military families right here in our own backyard, and hope to brighten someone's day by sending them on a fun filled day at Legoland!


We look forward to receiving your entries and hearing about the many amazing 

Hero families in the Tampa Bay area!  Email us now, we are waiting to hear from you!



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

What Veteran's Day means to Healing Heroes Network



At Healing Heroes Network, every day is Veteran's Day.  

At Healing Heroes Network, we support, honor and celebrate the sacrifices made by our nation's true Heroes each and every day.  And that is why Veteran's Day is even more special to us... Because today is a day that America joins us in that celebration of the men and women who risk their lives to fight and protect our Freedom.  

At Healing Heroes Network, we know that every day is a chance for us to give back.  To make a difference.  To provide comfort and hope to those injured in the line of duty.  To let them know that we care, and that we appreciate their service and sacrifice to our country. 

At Healing Heroes Network, we strive to help as many Heroes across our great nation as possible.  We embrace every opportunity to assist with the needs of Veterans with determination, and commitment to aiding in their return to civilian life.  

At Healing Heroes Network we stand humbled and in awe of the men and women who have given their lives in the line of duty, protecting us all from the enemy.  We are forever grateful for their ultimate sacrifice, and we will NEVER forget their bravery and heroism.

Healing Heroes Network is proud and honored to Support Our Troops every day of the year.  It is our passion, our purpose, and our sole mission.  

Please join us today in celebrating, honoring, supporting, and THANKING our Veteran's!


To learn more about how YOU can help support Heroes in need, please email us at:
info@healingheroes.org, or call us at (727) 781-4376.




Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Hero's Story


A Hero's Story:
Army E-4 Specialist Jeffery K.


Jeffrey K. served in the United States Army for 6 years.  He began his enlistment stationed in Fort Riley, KS, before re-enlisting to Ft. Stewart, GA.  It was during this time that he was deployed to Tikrit, Iraq, to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).

While performing duties during his deployment, Jeffrey sustained numerous injuries lifting heavy equipment, recovering vehicles, and was also hit by an I.E.D. (Improvised Explosive Device), severely injuring his lower back, right shoulder and legs.  For his service and outstanding performance, Jeffrey was awarded an Army Achievement Award and the Army Commendation Medal (awarded to members of the U.S. Army who distinguished themselves by displaying heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service). 

Upon Jeffrey's return to civilian life, the injuries that he had sustained while fighting overseas were causing him severe discomfort, and he was unable to move without extreme pain.  Jeffrey reached out to Healing Heroes Network for assistance with receiving Massage Therapy, and was quickly approved after filling out the application.

Massage Therapist & HHN Provider Cathy B. raves about Jeffrey's improvement:

"When he first came to me, he was unable to relax, stated he had limited range of motion with his right shoulder, constant back pain and was unable to walk at length because of the tight muscles of his quadriceps.  After the first session, he had and has maintained full movement with his right arm, states he is able to sleep through the night (something he hadn't done in several years), is able to relax for his massage, and can now walk and stand for periods of time on his leg with no pain!"

Jeffrey states, "The massage sessions already have helped more than I ever thought could happen. I sleep better and am able to function more. I would again like to thank everyone there at Healing Heroes Network for being able to assist me with my journey. Thank you and God Bless."

Healing Heroes Network is proud and honored to assist Heroes like Jeffrey on their 
road to recovery!



Thursday, September 4, 2014

Remembering 9/11



"Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?" 
- country singerAlan Jackson



On September 11, 2001, America was forever changed.  We can all remember exactly where we were, what we were doing, who we were with... like it was just yesterday.  It DID feel like the world stopped turning.  And it still feels like it was just yesterday.  Although America has moved forward with grace and dignity, we will certainly never forget that tragic and horrific day.

 


As we take time to reflect on the 13th Anniversary of a day none of us will ever forget, please join Healing Heroes Network as we come together to mourn, to remember, to honor and express our gratitude to those who demonstrated true bravery and heroism in it's purest form. 


We at Healing Heroes Network pledge to live in honor of their sacrifice. That's why we've dedicated our mission to aid and assist the injured Heroes of the post 9/11 armed forces and their families.  We will continue doing our part to make a difference in the lives of our nation's wounded warriors, and we hope you will join us today in honoring them.  

CLICK HERE to make a donation today!

For Our Troops, 

31640 U.S. Highway 19 N., Suite 2
Palm Harbor, FL  34684
(727) 781-4376

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Local family selected to receive Clearwater Marine Aquarium giveaway!

Meet the O'Shell Family...

William O'Shell Jr., retired 1st Sgt of the U.S. Army, and his wife Annette O'Shell, contacted Healing Heroes Network this past May when they heard about a giveaway contest for military families in the Tampa Bay area.  Healing Heroes Network was giving away free family admission passes for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to a local deserving military family.  Born and raised right here in Pinellas county, Annette reached out right away to tell HHN about her amazing, heroic family.  Upon reading about the O'Shell's, we knew just who was going to win this awesome trip.

Annette and William have a strong military history and family tradition.  William is from Pennsylvania and served proudly for 25 years in the U.S. Army. In 1991, he finally left the military to take care of his mother, who had become ill and was dying. Both Annette and William are now retired, and started doing foster care 4 years ago in 2010. They are currently licensed Medical/Therapeutic foster parents for children with special needs here in Pinellas County.  Annette and William have a son who is now a Sgt. in the U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC., and their daughter in law is also medically retired from the U.S. Army.

The O'Shell home is currently residence to 6 children, 5 of which are in the foster care system. Their youngest, biological son Grayson is 11 years old.  The other children in the home range from ages 1 month old to 2 years old, 5 years old, 7 years old, and 15 years old.  Annette says, "I was born here in Pinellas county and have watched all the changes the Clearwater Marine Aquarium has gone through. I have not been able to see the Aquarium due to the expense of all the kids. We can't wait to take a day and come visit the Aquarium and Winter.  Thank you Healing Heroes Network!"


In conjunction with the family's trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Healing Heroes Network will also be sending the O'Shell family to have dinner at Crabby Bill's on Clearwater Beach.  We are honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to give back and show our appreciation to this deserving military family right here in the Tampa Bay area!  Healing Heroes Network would like to thank the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Crabby Bill's Seafood Restaurant for making this possible!

          

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hosting a "Healing Heroes Network" Fundraiser


At Healing Heroes Network,  we feel so blessed and rewarded to be able to assist deserving men and women of the armed forces in transitioning from military to civilian life, in many different ways.   We also know that there are caring people all over the country that share in our passion for helping our military Heroes, and a strong desire to give back for their service and sacrifice.  We want our supporters to know that it is easier than you might think to join in the fight to "Heal America's Heroes, One Hero at a Time!"

Because Healing Heroes Network is a self-funded non-profit organization, we rely heavily on fundraising events and donations from supporters, to be able to continue providing the support and funding our Heroes are in need of.  By hosting a fundraiser, big or small, to benefit Healing Heroes Network, you can and WILL make a direct impact on the life of an injured soldier and their family!  Here are some easy ideas that you can implement for FREE:

- Gather your neighbors and host a community garage sale

- Contact your kid's school, daycare or sports team to host a car wash or bake sale

- Contact a local bar or restaurant to host a "Give Back" night, (a portion of proceeds from the evenings sales to be donated to Healing Heroes Network)

- Ask a local Biker group to host a Benefit Ride, or a running group to host a 5K 

- Take up a collection at work or your local church to support our injured Heroes

There are so many ways you and your family can raise funds to support HHN, and our nation's Heroes who have earned and deserve the very best.  If you have any ideas that are not listed here, we would love to hear them!  Call our office at (727) 781-4376, or email us at info@healingheroes.org.  With your help and support, the possibilities are endless! 


The Healing Heroes Network Team

Monday, July 7, 2014

"Sunday Funday" Military Appreciation Event!


Are you a military family based in the Tampa Bay area?  Or do you know of a hard working, deserving military family that has sacrificed their time and/or loved ones to preserve our nation's freedom by fighting for our country?  If so, then....


Healing Heroes Network is excited to announce our first ever "Sunday Funday" Military Appreciation event, coming this August to Clearwater Beach, FL!  On Sunday, August 24, 2014, we will be awarding FOUR local military families with family fun prize packs including theme park tickets, restaurant gift cards, merchandise from Ron Jon Surf Shop, and more!  We need your help getting local families on board, so here's how to nominate and vote... 

- Visit the "Sunday Funday " Facebook event page:    https://www.facebook.com/events/756597331058073/

- To nominate your family, or a military family that you think deserves a family fun prize pack, click on the link: "Nominate/Vote Here".

The four families with the highest number of "points" will be awarded their prizes at the Sunday Funday event in August.  Also on hand will be raffles, giveaways, games for the kids, fun for the whole family, a Healing Heroes Network guest speaker, and a performance by Nashville Recording Artist, Jamie Tate, including her hit single "I'll Give My All", a patriotic tribute to our military.  You don't want to miss out on this awesome event! Please tell your friends and family, and join us on Sunday, August 24th from 12pm - 3pm at the Pier 60 Pavilion on Clearwater Beach.  

Nominate a Military Family today!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy 4th of July from Healing Heroes Network!




This Friday, the Fourth of July, we encourage you to spend the day remembering what it's all about.... our nation's freedom and independence! These things would not be possible without the courage and heroism of our service men and women who have fought in our armed forces.  We at Healing Heroes Network are eternally grateful for their service and sacrifice!

We hope that you will take a moment this Independence Day to thank a Hero, and remember those that gave their lives to maintain our freedom to watch the fireworks every year.  

Wishing you and your loved ones a Safe & Happy Fourth of July!

For the Troops,




Thursday, June 26, 2014

PTSD Awareness Day

At Healing Heroes Network, we believe strongly in supplying the resources and support that is necessary for healing the whole hero.  This can be hard to accomplish if the hero's wounds are not visible to their friends, caregivers, and families.  Sadly, often times our brave men and women are coming home from war with "invisible" injuries, the most commonly heard in today's society being PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).  PTSD may develop after someone experiences one or more traumatic events (such as first hand combat, witnessing others being physically harmed or killed, being physically harmed themselves, etc...) The symptoms of PTSD can be debilitating to the hero, devastating to the family, and in the very worst cases, fatal.  The most common symptoms of PTSD include, but are not limited:

- Recurring nightmares or flashbacks of the event(s)
- Sleeplessness
- Lowered sense of self & self-esteem
- Depression & loss of interest

- Anger & irritability

These unfortunate symptoms have been known to lead to:

- Domestic violence & abuse
- Erratic behavior

- Decreased attention span
- Mental disorders
- Suicide 


In 2010, as an effort to educate the public and spread awareness about the issue of PTSD, the U.S. Senate declared the month of June "National PTSD Awareness" month.  In addition, June 27th has been designated as "PTSD Awareness" day by the National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD).  At Healing Heroes Network, we strive everyday "through communication, education, and community outreach" to bring awareness to often undiagnosed and untreated injuries of war, and the desperate need for our services.  While many of our nations heroes are being given numerous pills and medications to mask the symptoms of PTSD, we believe in offering hope through healing.  With network providers all over the country ranging in specialty areas such as counseling, psychiatry, massage therapy, energy healing, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and many more, we have been able to offer a path to recovery for many heroes suffering from PTSD.

Join us this June 27th as we continue to spread awareness about this disorder that has wreaked havoc on so many military heroes, and their families lives.  By making a tax-deductible donation to Healing Heroes Network, you can make a difference in a Heroes life TODAY, and give them the hope and encouragement that they need on their road to recovery!