Michelle Long grew up in Compton, California where she is a volunteer leader with the non-profit Compton Initiative, an organization that has spruced up more than 400 homes, 23 schools, and dozens of community centers in the last eight years.
Purple Heart Homes was founded for veterans by veterans Dale Beatty and John Gallina in 2008. Dale and John joined the North Carolina National Guard together in 1996. After the 9/11 attack they re-enlisted and both were severely wounded in Iraq on November 15th, 2004 when the humvee they were in hit a land mine. Dale lost both legs and John suffered a traumatic brain injury.