In 2004, Staff Sergeant Dale Beatty deployed with the North Carolina National Guard to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2004 while on a patrol route that was littered with highly active insurgent operations, the vehicle Beatty was riding in was ripped apart by anti tank mines. The explosion was so severe that it left Beatty a double amputee below the knees. Thanks to support from the Iredell Homes Builders Association and many members from the local community in and around Statesville, NC, a specially adapted barrier free home was built for Beatty and his family, with Beatty serving as general contractor. As a result of all the support from his community – Dale Beatty and his battle buddy John Gallina wanted to help other Service Connected Disabled Veterans with their housing solutions. Together they co-founded Purple Heart Homes with money from their disability checks to help Veterans and their caregivers from all eras.