Host a Hero was created after its founders were inspired by the generosity of a friend who hosted a veteran suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and his family, at his second home; giving them an opportunity to reconnect and recover. “A light bulb went off; Alex realized that people who are fortunate enough to own second homes usually have many weeks when their homes sit empty. So, our concept was to approach homeowners of second homes to donate their property for a one-week stay and give back to our military members and their families. This provides an opportunity for active-duty special operators to relax and reconnect with their children and spouses during a week-long, all-expense paid family vacation. We chose to serve active-duty soldiers because there are many organizations whose focus is veterans, but very few who focus on those currently serving. And, we chose Special Operations Operators because they have the most dangerous jobs in the military which is an additional stress on their families,” says cofounder Karen Rodriguez. Based on the military family’s calendar and home availability, Host a Hero coordinates all the necessary logistics through the generosity of donors, including accommodations, travel, meals and activities.
Regardless of our beliefs, political affiliations or cultural backgrounds, we are all united by an inherent love of country and those who sacrifice of themselves and their families to protect the everyday freedoms we enjoy. We are all Americans. In acknowledgement of the tremendous sacrifices that military families make each and every day, we hope to show our gratitude by offering them a chance to reconnect in a stress-free vacation environment.