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Company helps veteran feel at home
[May 02, 2011]

Company helps veteran feel at home

HIGH POINT, May 02, 2011 (The High Point Enterprise - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Beco Inc. has recently partnered with the non-profit organization Purple Heart Homes to help 63-year-old veteran Dave Morrell's home a little easier to navigate.

"Getting around with a walker in my house has been a real struggle," Morrell said. "I suffered with my disability for 20 years with constant pain before I finally had my leg amputated.

"Words cannot express the tremendous gratitude I have for Purple Hearts Homes and Beco for recognizing the disabilities Vietnam veterans like myself must deal with on a daily basis." Morrell enlisted in the U.S. Army and served three tours of duty in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969. During this time, he was exposed to Agent Orange, a blend of herbicides and petroleum used during the Vietnam War to kill vegetation providing cover for enemy forces. Since the exposure, he has had heart problems and diabetes, which eventually led to the amputation of his left leg.

According to Purple Heart Homes co-founder, Dale Beatty, the organization renovated and added on to Morrell's existing bedroom and bath in the home he shares with his son and his son's family in Harrisburg. They had the ribbon cutting ceremony April 23.

The new 18-by-20-inch bedroom renovation and addition included making the bathroom wheelchair accessible, which enables Morrell to live more safely and comfortably.

Beco Inc. acquired the necessary permits for electrical renovations and additions. They also worked with their suppliers and contacts to provide the needed materials.

High Point-based Beco wanted to reach-out and make a difference in an American veteran's life for quite some time now.

"It was exciting to thing that we could be a part of something meaningful to a person's life who had so faithfully served our country," said David Saunders, company president. "Several of our team members are passionate about giving back to those who have served our country.

"When we told them about this opportunity, they immediately jumped on board and volunteered their time." For more information about Purple Heart Homes and it's services, call 1-704-838-4044. -- 888-3537 To see more of The High Point Enterprise, or to subscribe to the newspaper, go to Copyright (c) 2011, The High Point Enterprise, N.C.

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