I work with businesses to develop customized sponsorship opportunities that compliment your brand, promote your business and fit your budget to build a strong foundation for critically wounded veterans across the across the country.
The relationships I develop in my life are very important to me and I know first-hand the good that can come from them. In fact, the relationship with my best friend from college led me to my dream job with Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors (JAH4WW). It’s a job with a mission that is very near to my heart and inspires me to do my best every day.
I come from a military family – my Dad served two terms in Viet Nam with the United States Marines and received a Purple Heart. He passed away in 2017 from cancer due to the harm of Agent Orange exposure.
Amanda’s Grandfather, Burl William Baily
My grandfather, who served in the U.S. Army, lost a leg in WWII. He lived with us when I was a child and I vividly remember his prosthetic leg, which he couldn’t take off often and caused him discomfort. I never once thought about the lack of adaptations in our home for him. In fact, I didn’t even know that was a thing; it was just the way it was. Although it wasn’t easy for him or my parents – he couldn’t get in or out of the bathtub, for example – I never heard my grandfather complain.
Now I have the honor of working with veterans who, like my grandfather, were wounded in a combat mission. The difference is, I help these veterans get into a custom-built, mortgage-free home that provides the necessary adaptations they and their caregivers need to make their lives a little easier.
Playing a role in supporting military families when a wounded warrior returns home is exactly what I am supposed to do. My family background and upbringing provide a unique perspective for me, and it’s what drives me every day.
Further, the friendship that led me here is something that I treasure, like many of the relationships I’ve established in my life. And it’s because of the relationships I’ve established with this job – with our sponsors, builders, and veterans – that I get to see the expression on everyone’s face when we unveil a new house and the veteran, and their family enter their new home for the first time. It’s magical.