Heartland Attendees Help Rebuild Lives for Veterans

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VGM and Heartland Conference attendees donated more than $4,000 to benefit Building Homes for Heroes® – a non-profit organization that gifts mortgage-free homes that meet the needs of the men and women injured while serving during wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

To raise the funds, Heartland attendees purchased a Building Homes for Heroes t-shirt at the Heartland Store. Shirts were $20 and a check was presented during the Giddy Up Gala on Wednesday, June 20.

Clint Geffert, president of VGM & Associates (left), and Jim Greatorex, vice president of VGM Live at Home, present a check to James Rogers from Building Homes for Heroes. The donation was made on behalf of Heartland attendees and will be used to help the non-profit organization fulfill its mission of providing mortgage-free and accessible homes for injured veterans.   

“We’re very proud to have Building Homes for Heroes as our charity partner for Heartland Conference 2018,” said Jim Greatorex, vice president of VGM Live at Home. “This partnership connected all of our attendees with the opportunity to have a hand in helping provide an accessible home for a permanently injured veteran. How awesome is that?” 

In 2017, Building Homes for Heroes gifted 33 homes or one home every 11 days. Along with gifting homes, the organization also offers injured veterans and their families with financial planning services, family funding, and emergency support.

VGM member and Heartland attendee Vern Martell is quite familiar with this organization. His company has been actively involved with Building Homes for Heroes for the past three years - partnering to provide on-site evaluations and coordination for modifying the homes to meets the veterans’ needs. 

“We’re a company that supports veterans’ programs, so when we heard about an organization that we could help by providing our expertise, it was a natural fit,” stated Martell, who is president of Safe Living Solutions. “It does my heart good that two great organizations like VGM and Building Homes for Heroes can work together to do their part to continue Van’s legacy of supporting vets. It says a lot about the character and fiber of the company.”  

To learn more about Building Homes for Heroes, visit