The inspiration for HeroHomes began in early 2015 when Jason Brownell was asked to manage a home building project in Lovettsville, Virginia for wounded veteran Tony Porta. Tony is a medically retired Marine corporal who was burned beyond recognition by a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq. The brave veteran suffered horrible burns to 35% of his body when his Humvee drove over an improvised explosive device in Al Asad, Iraq on May 5, 2007. The blast killed his two best friends, Charles Palmer and Kenneth Mack, whom Tony says saved his life. Even though they were killed in the blast he heard them telling him to get up and he could still feel their presence.
Tony has undergone 128 surgeries to repair the burn damage. Incredibly, Tony has overcome his injuries and is now married to his wife Deicy and has a son whom he named Kenneth Charles in memory of his two deceased friends Kenneth and Charles who saved his saved his life that fateful day in Iraq.
While managing the home building project to completion, Jason developed a close personal relationship with Tony and became passionate about helping disabled veterans and their families. Jason recognized an opportunity to continue these home building efforts in his local community and formed a partnership with Aimee McGranahan and Matthew Lowers to establish HeroHomes.