Healing Our Heroes’ Homes (H3) Program Completes

Home Remodel of Paralyzed
Marine Veteran Patrick Ozborn This Week

SAN DIEGO – (October 22, 2014) – Embrace’s Healing Our Heroes’ Homes
program completed the eighth home restoration of a disabled veteran. The mission
took place at the San Diego home of retired, paralyzed Marine Staff Sergeant
Patrick Ozborn, who served in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring
Freedom. Ozborn, now 36 years old, is paralyzed from the sternum down and
suffers from a T5 spinal cord injury due to a motorcycle accident.
The work completed on Ozborn’s home included the demolition and extension of his
driveway, the construction of concrete ADA compliant wheel chair ramps at the
entrance and side of the home, brick pavers around the home, new wooden fencing
with an automated gate, new front door with widened ADA compliant entrance,
kitchen remodel and master bathroom vanity remodel. Hydraulic pull-down and pullout shelving was installed in the upper kitchen cabinets. The construction of a new
gazebo with patio furniture was also provided. Labor and materials are estimated to
be approximately $40,000. Funds raised from Embrace’s Annual Ex 4 Vets IV event
(www.Ex4Vets.org) that occurred earlier this year covered incurred costs.
To view Patrick Ozborn's remodel video click on the thumbnail below.

Video link http://youtu.be/2TaCazFfRlk?list=UUHhlb4bNxzAVGTAQjdQLAgg

“It was a joy to serve Patrick and his wife Marsha. Getting to know veteran families
during these remodels is one of the priceless benefits of serving them through H3.”
said Sean Sheppard, Embrace Founder and CEO. “All of our sponsors and
A native
tive of Pond Creek, Oklahoma, SSGT Ozborn began his career at Camp
Pendleton, CA as an Aircraft Electrician with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron
39. Stops in South Carolina, Mississippi, Iwakuni, Japan led to four tours to Korea
in support of operation Foal Eagle, where he earned the Korean Service Defense
Medal. Two tours in Thailand led to supporting a humanitarian mission in Myamar,
earning him the Humanitarian Medal. After a 3 year tour in Japan, Ozborn was
stationed at MCAS Yuma in Arizona before deploying to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan
in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
With a focus to restore the homes of disabled veteran homeowners, H3 falls in line
with Embrace’s mission to mobilize college student volunteers and community
members to serve
erve less fortunate members of civilian and veteran communities.
Sponsors for this mission include the Home Depot Foundation, West America
Corporation, Greenfield Fencing, Pavestone, SDG&E, Canales Demolition and
Hauling Inc. and American Legion Post 31
All Embrace programs aim to create a multi
multi-cultural, multi-ethnic
ethnic service learning
experience for college students, connect young adults to veteran community
members in need, raise awareness of low income, disabled veterans, and increase
the value
e and efficient use of their homes.
For more information on Embrace and the H3 program, visit www.embrace1.org/h3.
About Embrace
Founded in 2000, Embrace uses community service to bring diverse groups of
people together to bring about social wellness in our society. The organization
focuses on the utilization of college students and recent graduates to develop their
leadership qualities and remedy community problems such as health disparities and
homelessness on a volunteer basis. Founder Sean Sheppard's ultimate goal is to

bring about legislation that makes community service mandatory for all college
students that attend state funded institutions of higher education.
For more information on Embrace, visit www.embrace1.org.
For more information about Sheppard and his life, visit www.thegoodsheppard.tv.