March 24, 2009
WHEN: Monday, March 30th
WHERE: 17450 Morgans Secret Drive
Cypress, TX 77433
BRIDGELAND- First Bend Subdivision
(From 290…West to Cypress-Rosehill/Fry Road Exit; Stay on feeder to the 2nd light and turn Left onto
Fry Road. Go 2 miles and turn right into BRIDGELAND. Take your 2nd Left onto First Bend Drive;
Right at First Bend Crossing; Right onto Morgans Bend Drive; Right on Morgans Secret)
WHO: Captain Daniel Moran, USMC
Congressman Michael McCaul
On Monday, March 30th, a groundbreaking ceremony in the community of BRIDGELAND will
honor Captain Daniel Moran, USMC and celebrate the start of a new home and a new
beginning for him. Thanks to the HelpingaHero.org Home Program, construction will begin
for a beautiful new specially adapted Perry Home in the BRIDGELAND community for Captain
Moran and his family.
Purple Heart recipient, Captain Daniel Moran was born in Houston and grew up on the
Northwest side of town where he graduated from Westfield High School in Spring ISD. He
attended Texas A & M University and majored in Political Science. He was a member of the
Corp of Cadets and the Aggie Band. He was also a member of the Ross Volunteer Company,
University Symphonic Band, Basketball Band and Seal Platoon. He graduated in December
2003 and was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Marines on March 26,
Captain Moran dreamed of being a Marine since he was a young boy. His grandfather served
in the Army during the Korean War, two of his uncles served in Vietnam and another served in
the Gulf War.
During his second tour of duty in Ramadi, Iraq, Captain Moran was wounded in action on
October 9th when an IED exploded resulting in a level 2 concussion. Despite doctors
encouraging him to take more time to recover, he was anxious to rejoin his platoon. Then, on
October 21st, his platoon was ambushed and 3 members of his platoon were killed instantly.
Captain Moran sustained 3rd degree burns over 50% of his body. He suffered a compression
fracture to his T-8 vertebrate, L-4 and L-5 herniated disks, minor inhalation injury resulting in
Complex Obstructed Sleep Apnea and a mild Traumatic Brain Injury. He was rushed to Ramadi Surgical in Balad, Iraq then sent to Landstuhl, Germany where he was stabilized. He was transferred to Brooke Army Medical in San Antonio while still in a coma then spent the past 2 1/2 years in the burn unit recovering from his injuries. He has had over 31 surgeries and is scheduled for his last surgery on March 31, 2009. He has participated in intense rehabilitation at the Center for the Intrepid, as well as cognitive, physical and occupational therapy.
Captain Moran is married to Teal who is a graduate of Cy-Creek High School and Texas A & M University. She serves as his full time caregiver and they have two children: Trey who is 4 and Macy who is 2.
BRIDGELAND’s donation of the home site in this beautiful 2008 Master Planned Community of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders and Perry Homes’ commitment to build a new home made the program even more rewarding for this precious hero who will soon have a new 3300 square foot home that meets all the specially adapted needs of this Marine. It will have many adaptations for temperature control since Captain Moran is no longer able to control his own temperature. It will have tinted windows, a very efficient air and heating system, an extended porch so he is able to spend time with his children outside without being in direct sunlight. The actual lot donated for this home was selected based on the sun patterns to allow the least amount of direct sunlight into the home.
Steven Najvar, Division President of Perry Homes said, “Perry Homes is greatly honored to participate in the HelpingaHero.org Home Program. This home is the seventh Perry Home in partnership with this great organization. Captain Moran has made immeasurable sacrifices to protect our freedom and we accept this opportunity to thank him with the highest degree of reverence and humility.”
Bridgeland is an 11,400 acre master-planned community in northwest Houston which has dedicated 3,000 acres to lakes, trails, parks and open space. The community strives to enhance quality of life for its residents, not the quantity of homes that can be built. Opportunities to commune with nature and enjoying spectacular views are examples of how residents can escape from the hectic pace of life away from home.
“Having the opportunity to help provide a home that meets the needs of Captain Moran and his family is going to be a truly rewarding experience,” says Peter Houghton, vice president, master-planned communities. “We know that our residents will gladly welcome the Morans and the sense of community found in Bridgeland will make them feel right at home. The serenity in Bridgeland will offer Captain Moran a sense of peace as he continues to heal. “
Meredith Iler, National Chairman of the HelpingaHero.org Home Program said, “We are so proud of Captain Moran who is a man of integrity and honor. It is certainly appropriate for this home to be built in honor of Craig Biggio and the Boy Scouts. Integrity and service to others are the common threads in all of these lives. Captain Moran is an American patriot who loves this country so deeply. We are honored to give back to someone who served so valiantly and continues to reach out to our other wounded heroes and assist them in their journey to recovery.”
This home for Captain Moran was awarded at the Rotary Club of Houston’s Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner on November 10, 2008, and is funded by The Strake Foundation and Rex and Marilyn King.
The new Perry Home in BRIDGELAND is planned for completion this summer for Captain Moran. He was such a great leader for his platoon in Iraq and received a list of honors including the Purple Heart,, The Navy Commendation Medal with “V” for Valor, Navy Achievement Medal with “V” for Valor, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Medal (2).
For more information on the HelpingaHero.org’s Home Program, visit the website at www.helpingahero.org.
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