Wounded Purple Heart veteran gets new ramp installed at home for free

- Purple Heart Homes is helping FOX 46 get results for a disabled veteran who was scammed out of thousands of dollars by a shady contractor.

“When the leadership of Purple Heart Homes heard about the situation that occurred out here and they quickly got on the phone and contacted your station and we got involved. Today, we’re out here with some of our staff finishing up getting a ramp and deck in so that the veteran can get in and out of the house when he returns home from the hospital,” said Mark Wasserman a contractor with Purple Heart Homes.

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The deck and ramp were built at no charge. Purple Heart Homes brought the materials, which were sponsored by Home Depot. P.H.H. also, sent over their own contractors to do the work.

“We all have different backgrounds. I was trained as an architect, we have master carpenters involved and also on our other projects besides this we always bring in licensed and folks we can trust,” said Wasserman.

Trust for the Eason’s is a major issue. The garage conversion was supposed to be completed a few weeks after they hired Queen Bee Remodeling but, the contractor Selina Piazza took off with the Eason’s money and materials.

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“That’s why we really prioritized getting out there to let them know there are organizations, as well as, individuals that are willing to help and honest people. And, there’s many more honest people here in Charlotte than there are the few problems than that happened here,” said Wasserman.

Eason has been using a cinderblock to get in and out of his new room which is challenging and unsafe because he has a prosthetic leg.

Mark Wasserman never served in the military but, said volunteering with P.H.H. allows him to give back.

Wasserman said, “To see how we’re making a difference in the individual’s lives is really what I get out of that.”

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Eason recently underwent surgery to treat lung cancer. “When he gets home he’ll be able to ride his scooter directly from the ramp right up and into the house,” said Wasserman.

Delinda Eason tells FOX46, Eason’s surgery went well and they look forward to getting him home as soon as possible. 

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