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Building Homes for Heroes to Hold "Hard Hat Day" for Veteran Army Sergeant

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Naples, Fla. –  Building Homes for Heroes, a national non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) with offices in Valley Stream, N.Y. and Orlando, Fla., is pleased to announce a “hard hat day” to be held in conjunction with Manhattan Construction Company. 

The event will be held at 555 Nottingham Drive in Naples, Fla., the future home of Army Sergeant Brent Hernandez and family, on Wednesday, October 30 beginning at 10:00 a.m.  The Hernandez family will be receiving a completely renovated, mortgage-free home through the partnership of Building Homes for Heroes and Chase bank.

“We are thrilled to be able to gift this home to the Hernandez family,” stated Andy Pujol, president of Building Homes for Heroes.    “Very special thanks to our amazing partnership with Chase, and our newest partner, Manhattan Construction, for providing us with the support necessary to continue gifting mortgage-free homes to the brave men and women of the military.“

Manhattan Construction is recognized by Engineering News-Record as a top 20 general builder and in the last two years has received more than 50 industry honors for quality and safety.

Sgt. Hernandez, who was deployed to the Zabuil Province of Afghanistan on March 28, 2010, was part of the 75th Ranger Regiment.  Just 13 days into his deployment, he was severely wounded when his aircraft crashed.  The pilot, flight engineer, an Army Ranger, and a civilian contract employee were killed, while 16 others were wounded. Hernandez sustained critical injuries including ripped intestines through his abdominal wall, three small bowel resections, two traumatic hernias, oblique muscles ripped in half and separated from his spine, three fractured ribs, a collapsed lung, two fractured vertebras, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sergeant Hernandez earned the Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal (2 awards), National Defense Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Army Ranger Tab, Combat Infantry Badge, and the Army Parachutist Badge.

“It is an honor to partner with Chase and Manhattan Construction, and to provide this home to Sergeant Hernandez,” stated Pujol. “It’s a meaningful token of our appreciation for his dedication and sacrifices.  We look forward to hearing about the lasting memories this home will bring to his family.” 

The beautiful three bedroom, two bathroom home will include specially-designed enhancements to help meet the needs and wishes of Hernandez and his family.

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Building Homes for Heroes, Inc. recognizes the tremendous sacrifices of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces by supporting the needs of severely wounded or disabled soldiers and their families.  It is a national organization committed to supporting these brave men and women, with a goal to build homes for families in dire need. 

Manhattan’s services include Builder-Driven Pre-Construction®, construction management, general building, design-build and turn-key projects, and roads, bridges and civil works. The company works in the U.S., Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. For more information visit: or connect with us @ManhattanBuild, via Facebook/ManhattanConstruction and on LinkedIn.