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A CT Community Honored a Returning Army Vet By Building Her a Dream House

Homeownership has long been a marker of a stable, happy life for adults in America. Among those most in need of such stability? Military veterans, some of whom struggle mightily with re-assimilating into daily life after returning from deployments.


Dale Beatty and John Gallina are friends and veterans who connected the dots between the needs of veterans returning from abroad and the happiness that comes with owning a home, thanks to personal experiences. Dale recalls the strong desire he felt to own a home, and the satisfaction he felt once he and John worked together to build it, and how that led the friends to an epiphany: "We stepped back and said, hey, we can do this for other veterans, wherever."

Together, Dale and John founded a non-profit called Purple Heart Homes, which helps purchase and renovate homes specifically for military veterans.

One of the veterans that Purple Heart Homes has helped is Sandra Lee. In 8 years of work as a Staff Sargent in the Army, Sandra was exposed to multiple IEDs, and she came home with a condition called post-concussive disorder.

"It was hard to adjust to normal life," Sandra recalls of the early days following her return from Iraq. "It was hard to relate to people."

Fortunately, Sandra met two of the right people: Dale and John. For Sandra, Purple Heart Homes purchased a house in foreclosure; then the community of Manchester, CT pitched in to perform the demolition and remodeling, a way of rewarding Sandra for her service by building her the house of her dreams. And the result is more than just a house for this brave Army veteran.

"This project, and the kind of support that has come out of it, has renewed my faith in humanity," Sandra says.

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How This Mom Cracked The Code For Joy And Success—And How You Can Do The Same

** OGTV celebrates all Moms on Mother's Day with this story of perseverance by a Mom who had every reason to give up her hopes of a happy life but simply refused to give in and found a way to turn her life around. **

At the age of 24, Shilamida felt that she had found success: she was earning a six-figure income and had a nice boyfriend. But just 2 years, everything seemed to fall apart. Her relationship ended shortly before she discovered she was pregnant. Her father passed away from cancer and her mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time; Shilamida found herself as a single mother and was living in poverty. This was rock bottom.

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** OGTV celebrates the long awaited spring with our final GOOD STORY of the week about a man who performs acts of generosity that are blooming with color and kindness. **

In July 2007, Random Acts of Flowers' founder, Larsen Jay, was in a near-fatal accident. While recovering in the hospital, he received love, support and... flowers! They raised his spirits and added a positive boost to his recovery.

After a week in his hospital bed, Larsen started getting antsy. When he was able to get up and around a bit, he noticed how many other patients did not receive flowers. Since his room was now overflowing with arrangements, he decided to turn his flowers into several bouquets and gave them out around the hospital. Within moments the first "random act of flowers" delivery was made.

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The Creation of Us (S2:E6) – Surprising Gender Reveal!

** In the final selection from this week's playlist, The Creation Of Us (S2), OGTV brings you the exciting countdown to the gender reveal of Heather and Christen's baby. Will it be a boy or a girl? **

Every couple expecting their first baby gets to this point. The pregnancy is getting to the third trimester, the anticipation from family and friends is starting to bubble, and the inevitable question begins to hover like an approaching thundercloud…what are you having? In this episode of The Creation of Us, the big question will be answered.

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The JetBlue Crew Member Born To Help Others

** OGTV celebrates World Red Cross Day with this story about a truly caring JetBlue employee who is ready to drop everything and head out to help people in need at a moments notice. **

When you see someone follow their calling in life, it's a remarkable sight.

As a child, Debbie Martin grew up in a rough neighborhood, wishing she could help those who needed it. She followed that desire to a customer service career at JetBlue, where she also volunteers as a member of the airline's disaster relief team called, "Ready Team."

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These Kids Are Flipping Houses To Help Build Their Community

** OGTV's second GOOD STORY of the week is about a driven young lady who is doing quite well in the real estate world by flipping houses with her team of Elementary School kids. **

Reality TV has a number of shows that highlight the fast paced, rough and tumble world of house flipping featuring adults who specialize in this area. Enter 9 year old Alianna Hines – she is the boss and CEO of Junior Flips, LLC, a company run by kids that takes distressed properties and transforms them into beautifully renovated single family homes in Washington, DC. and Maryland.

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New York's ‘Addiction Angel’ Helps Addicts Cure Their Disease

** Only Good TV celebrates National Nurse's Day with this story of one person's dedication on behalf of others.... something we need now more than ever.... **

There are angels all around us, like Alicia Reddy. This selfless woman, also known as Addiction Angel, wants nothing more than to help those struggling with the disease of addiction. She is a RN and a drug interventionist. Her passion with helping others started when 3 family members struggled with addiction and she was there to help.

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The Creation of Us (S2:E4) – A 30/60/90 Celebration

** In this second selection from this week's playlist, The Creation Of Us (S2), OGTV invites you to Christen's 30th birthday party where we discover something special about 3 generations of women in her family. **

The love and closeness of families can be traced to the traditions that are passed down that bind them together. In this episode of The Creation Of Us, Heather and Christen invite us in to share a unique event that links 3 generations of Christen's family in a special way.

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** When Cinco De Mayo comes around, OGTV is ready to celebrate. This year we are sharing Felicia's holiday treat from her series, Unwritten Recipes, where she always has a family story to go with every tasty dish. **

Not every kitchen creation comes from a cookbook. Sometimes it's the story behind the recipe that makes it taste that much better! Felicia and husband Richie share their family secret that inspired this tasty recipe for Guacamole on this brand new episode of Unwritten Recipes with Felicia Levinson, an OnlyGood TV Original Series.

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