VIDEO: Space Coast Paratroopers Association Rebuilds Lives of Those Who Sacrificed

By  //  October 28, 2016

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CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIAN AWARDS

ABOVE VIDEO: Space Coast Paratroopers is an all-volunteer organization that grew out of the Space Coast Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Association. It assists veterans with their housing needs at the same time that it creates a community of support for veterans in transition, with the goal of rebuilding the lives of these individuals who sacrificed so much while defending our country.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Chris Hamrick always wanted to serve his country, so in 1983, the Ohio native passed on college scholarships to join the Army.

sc-paratroopers-poster-580-1After his first round of service, he left the military, but later re-enlisted and was deployed to Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, where on his last day of service, Hamrick was injured, requiring the amputation of his leg.

Space Coast Paratroopers Association, in partnership with the City of Palm Bay, was able to provide Hamrick with a house in Palm Bay through the Homes for Warriors program.

“For something like this to be dropped in my lap, it was a blessing, really a blessing, and so ever since I’ve been trying to pay it forward,” said the vet.

Space Coast Paratroopers is an all-volunteer organization that grew out of the Space Coast Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Association.

It assists veterans with their housing needs at the same time that it creates a community of support for veterans in transition, with the goal of rebuilding the lives of these individuals who sacrificed so much while defending our country.

Through a unique public/private partnership, Space Coast Paratroopers has gathered the community to complete six homes for disabled veterans and their families. Gold Star families and Purple Heart recipients receive special priority.

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Space Coast Paratroopers is an all-volunteer organization that grew out of the Space Coast Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Association. It assists veterans with their housing needs at the same time that it creates a community of support for veterans in transition, with the goal of rebuilding the lives of these individuals who sacrificed so much while defending our country.

HOMES FOR WARRIORS

To date, Homes for Warriors, established by Dave and Kristine Isnardi, has completed six homes presented mortgage-free to these military families.

Space Coast Paratroopers has donated six additional properties to the city for the next phase of the program. Empowered by the freedom a mortgage-free and specially adapted home gives them, the families will then be able to then focus on recovery.

“To the best of our knowledge, this program is the only one of its kind to successfully bring together a local government, private business sector and private citizens in a joint effort towards a common goal without any personal gain,” said Donald Overton, veterans’ affairs and business specialist for Palm Bay’s Veterans’ Resource Center and executive director of Space Coast Paratroopers.

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2016 Humanitarians To Be Honored Tonight At Gala Event In Melbourne

Government provides for construction and additional funding is received from national and local business grants.
Space Coast Paratroopers reach out to the community for donations of materials and support from organizations such as Florida Power & Light, whose volunteers give up their weekends to help build the houses.

Space Coast Paratroopers Association also connects veterans with other resources they will need to succeed in the civilian world.

The all-volunteer organization has partnered with Florida Institute of Technology and Eastern Florida State College in a number of initiatives to support student veterans in their transition to academia and into the workforce.

FOR MORE INFORMATION or to make a reservation to attend the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Gala call 321-323-4460 or 321-615-8111 or e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com

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The 2016 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. Also announced today was the honoree for the Lifetime Achievement.

The 2016 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. Also announced today was the honoree for the Lifetime Achievement.

Recognizing Outstanding Individuals & Organizations Who Dedicate Their Time, Talent and Treasure

CENTRAL FLORIDA, USA – The 2016 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. 

Also announced today was the honoree for the Lifetime Achievement. Information about the hospital and hospice volunteers will be released Oct. 1.

The Central Florida Humanitarian honorees will be recognized during a Gala event on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.

The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards were created seven years ago by Space Coast Daily to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that dedicate their time, talent or treasure to help people in need locally – and around the world.

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The 2016 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. All Humanitarian alumni are presented a specially commissioned medallion.

TIME: In this category consider candidates who have selflessly and consistently devoted their time as volunteers at hospitals and nursing homes, in activities for the less fortunate and as organizers, administrators or operatives in the many other altruistic endeavors in our community.
TALENT: In this category give consideration to those who have volunteered their special talents and expertise to address specific circumstances in which the lives of those in need are improved.
TREASURE: The humanitarians in this category will include those who have generously shared their monetary good fortune and/or volunteered their time and efforts in fund raising for the advancement of a philanthropic cause.

All 2016 honorees will be featured in the Oct/Nov 2016 edition of Space Coast Daily magazine and online at SpaceCoastDaily.com.  The magazine will be available the first week of October in both print and digital editions, which will also be available on SpaceCoastDaily.com.

humanitrians-sponsors-330-1ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS SELECTED TO BE HONORED INCLUDE:

• 211 Brevard
• Advocates For Aging
• Rusty Buchanan
• Steve Bunker
• Cape Canaveral Ladies
• Stop the Bleed Team
• Junior League of South Brevard
• Space Coast Iceplex Disabled Sled Hockey
• AJ Hiers
• Sharon James
• Keep Brevard Beautiful
• Janet Marks
• Paws and Stripes College
• Port Canaveral Commission
• Col. Danny McKnight
• Rolling Readers Space Coast
• Leo Roselip
• Space Coast Health Foundation
• Space Coast Paratroopers
• Central Florida Animal Refuge
• BCSO Chief Deputy Doug Waller
• Jarvis Wash
• Dr. Carlos Woodward
• The 2016 Central Florida Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement honoree is Bernie Simpkins.

HONORING SELFLESS VOLUNTEERISM

As always, the Central Florida Humanitarian committee will also honor hospital and hospice volunteers from Health First Hospice, the Dr. Jey Pillai Center for Hospice Care at Wasdin Woods, VITAS, Hospice of St. Francis, Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, Health First Viera Hospital, Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center, Health First Palm Bay Hospital, Wuesthoff Medical Center – Melbourne, Wuesthoff Medical Center – Rockledge, the VA Clinic in Viera, and Sebastian River Medical Center. 

Dr. Jim Palermo

Dr. Jim Palermo

“Over the years, our editorial team has had the distinct honor and pleasure of identifying and featuring the many members of our community who give back so much and are dedicated to reaching out and helping others, here and throughout the world, in a multitude of ways,” said Space Coast Daily Editor-In-Chief Dr. Jim Palermo.

“For the seventh consecutive year, we will once again produce the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Gala on the first Thursday of November. This year, more than 30 deserving humanitarians will be honored during the Gala.”

The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards will be part of Space Coast Medicine Week, a comprehensive series of health and educational events produced by Space Coast Daily.

JOIN US FOR AN INSPIRATIONAL EVENING

This inspiring and compelling event is sponsored by Parrish Medical Center, SOAR, BioCellular Therapies, Brighthouse Networks, First Choice Medical Group, Clear Choice Health Care, Community Credit Union, Lake Nona Medical Arts, Brevard Geriatrics, Knudson Brain & Spine Law Injury Office, Dr. Mark Pinsky, Space Coast Daily magazine and SpaceCoastDaily.com. Each honoree or organization will be presented the Central Florida Humanitarian Crystal Globe.

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“We would like to thank our long list of sponsors who support the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards and who make this wonderful event possible,” said Giles Malone, a partner with Space Coast Daily and Brevard Productions, who annually produce all the events of Space Coast Medicine Week.

COMPELLING MULTIMEDIA TRIBUTE VIDEOS & STORIES

Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily magazine and SpaceCoastDaily.com for exclusive and comprehensive multimedia coverage of each honoree as we present their compelling stories.

Tom Palermo

Tom Palermo

“Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 3 to celebrate and be inspired by these incredible individuals and groups,” said Space Coast Daily President & Publisher Tom Palermo. 

“In the meantime, please click the link below that showcases the distinguished Central Florida Humanitarian Alumni.”

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIAN ALUMNI

FOR MORE INFORMATION or to make a reservation to attend the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Gala call 321-323-4460 or 321-615-8111 or e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com

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ABOVE MAP: The 2016 Central Florida Humanitarian Awards will take place Thursday, Nov. 3 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, located at 200 Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.


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