Success Stories


Mike McVay

Mike McVay
A little about me: I am a 13 year Combat Veteran of the United States Marine Corp. A little while after returning home from my deployment to Iraq in 2004-05, I decided to open my own business with hopes of being able to make people feel happier about themselves. I bought into the Anytime Fitness Franchise, and opened up a location in Dodgeville, WI. I opened my doors January 8th, 2010 using the last little bit I had saved from my deployment, with some help from my business partner and a little bit of financing. As owner/operator, for the first 2 1/2 years, I was ...

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BJ Ganem

BJ Ganem
BJ and Sara PittzGanem opened Blue Heron in an iconic Main Street, USA building in Reedsburg, WI in 2014. THEIR CONCEPT “It’s important to us that our customers feel proud about how they spend their money. After all, they work hard for it. That’s why we seek out high-quality, ethical businesses who manufacturer outstanding products.  We are continuously in search of producers who are doing things the right way and understand the bigger picture. We attempt to find local and American companies whenever possible, which are concerned about such things as ...

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Jeff Lynch

Jeff Lynch
“Even when you think you have it hard, someone always has it harder.” Jeff Lynch Jeff & Christy Lynch received their American Dream Grant to fund Christmas for military families caught in the pinch until medical retirement/benefits become official, and before they can jumpstart their future. In Christy’s own words: In 2011 Jeff medically retired from the army. It was definitely a shock to realize just how little we were getting paid. I immediately went to work, but it is was still a struggle. Come Christmas time, we found ourselves faced with a ...

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Davey Lind

This grant funds a program hone this Hero’s motivational speaking skills and help fund a new Cross-fit franchise business venture. Retired since December 2009, David “Davey” Lind continues to contribute to the defense of the nation in the private sector. He and his wife Lisa have 4 children. They reside in Corona, California. Master Sergeant Lind’s personal awards include; the Purple Heart, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, the Naval Achievement Medal with Combat “V” and 4 Gold Stars as well as the Combat Action Ribbon ...

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Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith was granted funding for personal leadership development as well as his non profit work in India, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, where he will be training leaders and helping build the infrastructure necessary to get orphans off the streets and into children's homes.

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James Sheehan

James Sheehan has an American Dream to build a nationally-known home inspection business. Holidays for Heroes has teamed up with Dennis Cunningham, a successful island home inspector, to mentor James as he walks the windy path to fulfill the requirements of achieving this goal. From getting the education and qualifying for all the licenses required to be a home inspector in his home state of Missouri, to setting up a web site for his company, Holidays for Heroes is reaching out to those in our Nantucket community and beyond to help James' dream become a reality. ...

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MusiCorps – Recipient of the first American Dream Grant

HFH’s first American Dream Grant went to Washington, DC’s MusiCorps, a music school and band with a unique approach to US veterans’ recovery and therapy. Here, one grant provides support for many. Join us for a Musicorp Band performance on Nantucket, September 10, 2016 during the HFH American Dream Tribute and Gala.  Visit the Musicorps website MusiCorps in the media: The Wall Street Journal Nina Roberts concludes MusiCorps is “a revolutionary program to help war veterans adjust to postwar life.”   "There is a lot of depression at Walter Reed, ...

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