Purple Heart Acres

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Purple Heart AcresSITUATION: I founded Purple Heart Acres LLC with the motto “No Soldier Left Behind” in May of 2014 and began turning our farm into a veteran safe haven. Many veterans who come for Agritherapy are sensorily deficient. Due to prolonged wartime engagements they have lost connection with their senses and seem to wander in a joyless place, out of touch with the world around them, knowing they are missing something but at a loss to know what it is or how to find it again. Some Veterans don’t know how to turn off the constant “mind talk.” They don’t know how to begin to pay attention to the natural world around them and move back into a normal life..

MISSION: To provide a safe haven for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries and PTSD in Michigan while participating in agritherapy activities. In doing so we also provide them a source of income and provide the much needed support required while transitioning out of the service.

EXECUTION: Purple Heart Acres LLC produces quality hay products and we’ve added grass-fed beef, organic egg production/gardening-produce and are building our aquaponics structure for organic farm raised fish. We operate in mid-Michigan with the expressed purpose of utilizing our profits to provide a veteran safe haven for disabled veterans in the mid-west. We teach the skills a veteran will need to operate a farm to include working with farm equipment and teaching horticulture skills.

SERVICE & SUPPORT: Freedom is not free. The cost of war is measured in dollars by our politicians and pundits in the United States, but for those of us who have worn the uniform of the US it is measured in blood, sweat, tears, and lives. When we soldiers return home from giving everything for your freedom the scars and disabilities we carry return with us. Most of us rely on medical services through the Department of Veterans Affairs to help us regain slivers of our lives that were lost in a faraway land. However, the VA has proven time and time again that it is unprepared, understaffed, and unable to offer vets the immediate and comprehensive treatment they require. provide disabled veterans with financial support to attend the best medical treatment facilities in the country through the production and distribution of quality agricultural products. Currently, we produce quality hay products in mid-Michigan and our operation is rapidly expanding due to extremely high demand. As our season is coming to an end here in Michigan we are planning for a large expansion in the coming year that includes acquiring more land and equipment to increase our overall production and ability to fund medical treatment for our vets.
Through our donation campaign you can help us reach more disabled veterans with the medical treatment they deserve. Your donations will be put directly to expanding our operation and infrastructure which will allow us to meet our increasing demand, resulting in more funds available to send vets to the best medical treatment facilities in the country. This business model allows us to maintain a steady funding stream year to year through sales of our agricultural products and will ensure consistent funding streams for our cause in years to come. We are a Farmer Veteran Coalition Certified and Home Grown by Heroes Certified producer and plan on filing for our 501-c3 non-profit status. Help us help vets like me that are not getting the medical treatment they need through the VA.

Executive Director & Founder
Mathew Brady