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Welcome To My HFOT Fundraising Page

Bennie Giles

Forgotten Nomad's Solo Paddle of The Mississippi River benefiting Homes For Our Troops

Hi! As a veteran myself, I can honestly say our active duty soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marine, and veterans are the finest people America has to offer. The sacrifices these men and women make on a daily basis far exceed the expectations put up on them. Especially our wounded warriors. Their lives are forever changed and simple tasks become great challenges.

A great friend of mine was a double amputee after an IED exploded right next to him. After seeing the generosity and support given to him from Homes For Our Troops, I felt inspired to find a way to help give back, so other veterans in need could receive the blessings my friend got.

As I solo paddle down the entire Mississippi River, I hope you can spare a few dollars to help reach a goal of $5000 to put towards a new home for a wounded veteran in need. If we can raise the full amount that would be even better!

To build mortgage-free, specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans Post-9/11, to enable them to rebuild their lives.

Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of these Veterans have sustained injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives.

Since its inception in 2004, nearly 90 cents of every dollar donated to Homes for Our Troops has gone directly to their program services for Veterans. HFOT builds these homes where the Veteran chooses to live, and continues its relationship with the Veterans after home delivery to assist them with rebuilding their lives.

Please join me in my efforts to support this wonderful organization!

You can follow my journey down the Mississippi River at

I'll be updating my blog as I travel.

- Bennie
raised of $5,000 goal


Recent Donations

1. KKim and Steve B
In honor of Bennie's terrific accomplishment and a very Merry Christmas to all!
2. AAmber Jerome
I was fortunate to meet Bennie one night in good ol' Grand Rapids, MN. The ground shook where he stood... so much passion rocks his world and emanates to those around.
3. RBRichard Buntin
Good job brother! You're an inspiration to us all.
4. JJennise Gaines
5. NNancy
Bennie from one service member to another I want to thank you for your service and pray you have a safe journey down the Mississipi and hope you exceed your goal.
6. MMemphis area resident
Thanks for your service, and hope you exceed your fund raising goal!