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Homes for Our Troops Builds Specially Adapted Home for Marine Corporal Kevin Blanchard in Crozet

As a result of the successful sponsorship between the Virginia Association of Realtors® (VAR) and Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) last year, the Charlottesville Area Associate of REALTORS® (CAAR) is extremely happy to learn that Marine Corporal Kevin Blanchard, originally from Roanoke, and his fiancée will be receiving their forever home in Crozet from HFOT.

Corporal Blanchard was part of the 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, 4th Marine Division, in northwest Iraq in 2005. During a patrol, the vehicle Corporal Blanchard and four other Marines were in was hit by an improvised explosive device. Corporal Blanchard was the most severely injured compared to the other Marines in the vehicle, and lost his left leg and sustained severe damage to his right.

Corporal Blanchard's new home will feature more than 40 major special adaptations such as widened doorways for wheelchair access, a roll-in shower, and kitchen amenities that include pull-down shelving and lowered countertops.

CAAR welcomed both Corporal Blanchard and Chris Mitchell, HFOT Deputy Director of Corporate Partnerships and Community Engagement to the June General Membership Meeting, which took place from 9 – 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 2nd, at the UVA Darden School of Business, Abbott Auditorium. Corporal Blanchard and Chris Mitchell spoke about how the $61,175 donation from VAR, which included $2,500 from CAAR, benefitted HFOT’s efforts on a local, state and national level.

During the meeting Corporal Blanchard was presented with an American flag that was flown at the United States Capitol by Scott Leake, Director of Outreach with Congressman Robert Hurt (Va. – 05).

 CAAR also welcomed Les Sinclair of Z95.1 to join the meeting. He met members, conducted live on-air interviews, and brought the giant LOVE ball, which signifies community, unity, etc.

“We are grateful to the VAR and the CAAR for their support of our mission to build our nation’s most severely injured Veterans specially adapted homes, which help them in their recovery and rebuilding their lives,” says Mitchell.

“We feel very fortunate and honored to have both Corporal Blanchard and Chris Mitchell speak at our June General Membership Meeting,” said Donna Patton, CAAR President. “The timing of their visit fits perfectly considering we will have just observed Memorial Day. It’s a perfect way to continue the reflection and say thank you to all the men and women who have served our country and kept us safe.”

Right picture (left to right): CAAR President Donna Patton, VAR President Bill White, Corporal Blanchard, HFOT Deputy Director of Corporate Partnerships and Community Engagement Chris Mitchell, VAR Board of Director Beckwith Bolle, and VAR Chief Executive Officer Terrie Suit.

Left picture (left to right): HFOT Deputy Director of Corporate Partnerships and Community Engagement Chris Mitchell, Corporal Blanchard and Z95.1 DJ Les Sinclair.

About CAAR

The Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® serves more than 1,000 real estate professionals and affiliate members throughout the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson. Widely recognized as the leading voice for real estate in Central Virginia since 1925, CAAR members bring professionalism and high ethical standards to every business transaction. The Association advocates for the protection of private property rights and provides tools and technology for members to achieve expertise in serving the needs of customers and clients. The CAAR membership is committed to enriching the region’s neighborhoods by engaging in a variety of educational programs as well as community service events each year.

Vision - The REALTOR® is indispensable to every real estate decision.

Mission - To support our REALTOR® members to be professional, ethical and successful.