Honoring a Veteran with Home Repair Services

Heroes Linked, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, and three Medal of Honor Recipients will bring the community together to honor an Anaheim Veteran by providing a day of home repair services.

Heroes Linked and Habitat for Humanity of Orange County join forces with three Medal of Honor Recipients to Repair the exterior of the home of Army Veteran Paulnhu “Paul” Nguyen.

ANAHEIM August 6, 2023 — Heroes Linked, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting veterans, and Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, a renowned nonprofit affordable housing organization, are proud to announce their partnership in an upcoming home repair project. On August 6, 2023, the teams from Heroes Linked and Habitat for Humanity of Orange County will come together to repair the exterior of the home of Army Veteran Paul Nguyen, a true American hero who served on active duty from 2007 to 2010 including deployments to Iraq and Kuwait. He received the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in combat in Iraq. Joining us on this day will be Medal of Honor recipients Colonel Jack H. Jacobs, Lieutenant Colonel William D. Swenson, and Specialist James C. McCloughan. The Medal of Honor is the U.S. Armed Forces’ highest award for battlefield valor.

Paulnhu Nguyen, commonly known as “Paul,” selflessly dedicated his life to serving our country in the Army and Army Reserve. Throughout his military career, Paul exhibited exceptional bravery and unwavering commitment, resulting in multiple accolades including the Army Commendation Medal (x2), Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal (x3), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Parachutist Badge with Campaign Star (x2), Army Service Ribbon (x2), Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and Combat Infantryman Badge.

Unfortunately, Paul’s retirement from the military was due to a service-related disability, limiting his ability to perform necessary repairs and maintenance on his home. Recognizing his sacrifices and challenges, Heroes Linked and Habitat for Humanity of Orange County have joined forces to provide him with much-needed assistance.

On August 6, a dedicated team of volunteers from Heroes Linked including three recipients of the Medal of Honor and Habitat for Humanity of Orange County will converge on Paul’s home to repaint its exterior, restoring its beauty and ensuring a safe and comfortable living environment for him and his family. This collaborative effort aims to express our gratitude for Paul’s service and create a positive impact on his life.

Heroes Linked and Habitat for Humanity of Orange County are deeply committed to supporting veterans and their families, and this partnership exemplifies their shared vision of providing sustainable solutions for housing and overall well-being. Through their combined expertise and resources, these organizations will ensure that Paul receives the care and support he rightfully deserves.

This heartwarming initiative not only reflects the mission of Heroes Linked and Habitat for Humanity of Orange County but also highlights the generosity and unity of the Orange County community. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of veterans like Paul, demonstrating our unwavering support for those who have bravely defended our nation.

The Medal of Honor Recipients joining us that day are Colonel Jack H. Jacobs, Lieutenant Colonel William D. Swenson, and Specialist James C. McCloughan. Col. Jacobs serves on the Heroes Linked Board of Directors and Lt. Col. Swenson serves on the Heroes Linked Board of Advisors. The Medal of Honor is the U.S. Armed Forces’ highest award for battlefield valor. In addition, Community Engagement representatives from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the Anaheim Police Department.

About Our Esteemed Medal of Honor Participants:

Colonel Jack H. Jacobs

Colonel Jack H. Jacobs, a military analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, retired from the United States Army in 1987. For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, then-1st Lt. Jack H. Jacobs, Infantry distinguished himself while serving as assistant battalion adviser, 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, Army of the Republic of Vietnam. The 2d Battalion was advancing to contact when it came under intense heavy machine-gun and mortar fire from a Viet Cong battalion positioned in well-fortified bunkers. As the 2d Battalion deployed into attack formation, its advance was halted by the devastating enemy fire. Capt. Jacobs, with the command element of the lead company, called for and directed air strikes on the enemy positions to facilitate a renewed attack. Due to the intensity of the enemy fire and heavy casualties to the command group, including the company commander, the attack stopped and the friendly troops became disorganized. Although wounded by mortar fragments, Capt. Jacobs assumed command of the allied company, ordered a withdrawal from the exposed position, and established a defensive perimeter. Despite profuse bleeding from head wounds which impaired his vision, Capt. Jacobs, with complete disregard for his safety, returned under intense fire to evacuate a seriously wounded adviser to the safety of a wooded area where he administered lifesaving first aid. He then returned through heavy automatic weapons fire to evacuate the wounded company commander. Capt. Jacobs made repeated trips across the fire-swept, open rice paddies, evacuating wounded and their weapons. Through his efforts, the allied company was restored to an effective fighting unit and prevented the defeat of the friendly forces by a strong and determined enemy. He also holds two Silver Stars and three Bronze Stars.

Lieutenant Colonel William D. Swenson

Lieutenant Colonel William D. Swenson was awarded the Medal of Honor on October 15, 2013, for gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an embedded advisor to the Afghan National Border Police, against an armed enemy in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on September 8, 2009. On that morning, more than 60 well-armed, well-positioned enemy fighters ambushed then-Captain Swenson’s combat team as it moved on foot into the village of Ganjgal for a meeting with village elders. Surrounded on three sides by enemy forces inflicting effective and accurate fire, Capt. Swenson coordinated air assets, indirect fire support, and medical evacuation helicopter support to allow the wounded to be evacuated. He maneuvered uncovered to render medical aid to a wounded fellow soldier while engaging enemy fighters. With complete disregard for his own safety, Capt. Swenson unhesitatingly led a team in an unarmored vehicle into the kill zone, exposing himself to enemy fire on three occasions, to recover the wounded and search for four missing comrades including three fallen Marines and one fallen Navy corpsman. His exceptional leadership and stout resistance against the enemy during six hours of continuous fighting rallied his teammates and effectively disrupted the enemy’s assault. Capt. Swenson’s actions are believed to have directly contributed to saving more than a dozen Afghan lives.

Specialist James C. McCloughan

Then-Private First Class James C. McCloughan distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty from May 13-15, 1969, while serving as a combat medic with Company C, 3d Battalion, 21st Infantry, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, American Division and engaged by a numerically superior force. Repeatedly, Private First Class McCloughan, though wounded himself and with complete disregard for his life, went into the crossfire numerous times throughout the 3-day battle to extract wounded soldiers, while also fighting the enemy. His relentless and courageous actions inspired and motivated his comrades to fight for their survival.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Heroes Linked: James Colbert, Executive Director jcolbert@heroeslinked.org, (818) 213-1090

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County: Chris Georgieff, CMO chrisg@habitatoc.org, (949) 939-1899

About Heroes Linked: Heroes Linked, formerly known as the MVAT Foundation, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting veterans, military spouses, service members in transition, and Gold Star family survivors with services covering professional development through its Heroes Linked Network program, safe housing through its Heroes Home Repair program, and grant-based assistance to the college-bound children of Gold Star families through its Heroes Gold Star College Care program.

About Habitat for Humanity of Orange County: Habitat for Humanity of Orange County is a nonprofit housing organization that works in partnership with low-income families to build, renovate, and repair safe and affordable homes. By providing families with access to decent and affordable housing, Habitat for Humanity strives to create a world where everyone has a safe and affordable place to call home.

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