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SGT Kendra Coleman and Ross Perot Sr.

SGT Kendra Coleman and Dr. Carolyn Farb



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WHEN: Monday, Fenruary 27, 2012
10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Cinco Ranch Subdivision
26618 Longleaf Valley Dr
Katy, TX 77494
(10 West to 99 South, RT on Fry Rd (West), RT on Radcliff, RT on Longleaf Valley)

WHO: SGT Kendra Coleman, USA (Ret.)
Ross Perot, Sr.
Congressman Michael McCaul
Meredith Iler, Chairman,
Don Klein, President, Chesmar Homes
Alan Bauer, Sr VP, Newland Communities
Phil Tonge, President, Spark Energy
Dr. Carolyn Farb, hc—HAH Gala Chairman 2011

Ross Perot, Sr. and Congressman Michael McCaul  joined on Monday, February 27th, and presented the keys to a brand new CHESMAR home to SGT Kendra Coleman, USA (Ret.). She is the FIRST FEMALE wounded warrior in Texas to receive an adapted home.

Kendra is a graduate of the Airborne School and was stationed with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Bamberg, Germany. Her platoon was attached to the 191 Cav Scouts. Her job was to train local police and keep the village of Charkh safe. She lost her leg to an improvised explosive device while on duty clearing a village. The insurgents hid an IED in a wall of a building her team was clearing. The detonation was triggered by a remote control. Kendra was targeted because she
was a woman and because she was blonde. In fact, the insurgents allowed 6 of her superior officers to pass safely over the exact spot where she was blown up. Her fellow soldiers acted quickly and saved her life. They brought her to safety and then she was evacuated to Landstuhl and on to Walter Reed where she began her rehabilitation.

She has been stationed at Brook Army Medical Centerin San Antonio for the past 8 months and is excited about her future. She is now using a prosthetic leg and she says, "I almost feel like me again." Now Kendra plans to attend Texas A & M University and will major in communications.

Thanks to H. Ross Perot, Sr., Kendra was able to travel to Oklahoma and receive the top prosthetic that enables her to wear high heels. This marked a great day in her recovery and
restored her ability to feel like a woman again. She was awarded the Purple Heart for her sacrifice for our freedom and numerous other medals and awards.

Kendra is from Georgia and recently married Anthony Garza who hails from Corpus Christie. We are thrilled that they have chosen Houston as their new home. Kendra is so grateful to the community for partnering with to provide this new home to her. This beautiful CHESMAR home is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home featuring a large master suite and a large family room. The oversized yard has a sprinkler system and will be perfect for Kendra to spend time with her dogs and in the future with their children she dreams of having. is very proud of its partnership with Spark Energy who has donated one year of free electricity to Kendra.

Gallery Furniture provided an entire house of furniture for Kendra.

 Star Furniture furnished her office. And Tista’s Fine Furniture donated the accessories and really made her home complete. Rotary District 5890, Jonathan Blake LLC, Wal Mart, Bed Bath and Beyond, Panera Bread and Target donated items for her home. And a special thank you to Dr. Carolyn Farb, hc for heading up the in kind donations for this home! “It is tragic that insurgents targeted a blonde female soldier just for her gender. We are so inspired by SGT Kendra Coleman as she is a true American hero…a fighter who gives the best of herself each and every day. She has battled back from a near fatal injury and has endured so much on her road to recovery. We count it an honor to help this precious young hero begin her new life in a brand new CHESMAR home in Cinco Ranch where her ability to live independently is maximized.” Meredith Iler, National Chairman, .

Houston based, Helping a Hero is a 501(c)(3) non profit, non-partisan organization providing support for military personnel, severely injured in the war on terror. Our principal activity is to provide specially adapted homes for qualifying service members as well as engaging the community to provide services and resources for our wounded heroes and their families. Thanks to the Home Program, 60 severely wounded heroes have been awarded a new adapted home. is now the largest 501(c)(3) organization building homes for our severely wounded heroes in Texas and is 2nd in the nation. And all of this has been accomplished with no paid staff.

For more information on the’s Home Program, visit the website at .


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