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USMC Lance Corporal William Ventura

For many years, Bill and Cyndi Ventura have been dedicated to supporting military moms and dads. Cyndi, the president of Long Island Blue Star Moms NY6, has held the hands of grieving parents, organized aid for Marine Corps amputees, attended military funerals, carried out fundraising events, presented custom-built cycles to veterans who have lost the use of their legs, and much more. In addition to their involvement with the Blue Star Moms, Bill and Cynthia are heavily involved in the Gold Star Moms, Patriot Guard Riders, Building Homes for Heroes, and countless other charitable organizations.

On April 23, 2011, the Ventura’s oldest son, USMC Corporal Jerome Ventura, an aviation supply specialist with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, was found unconscious at his on-base living quarters at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in California. He died later at San Diego's Sharp Memorial Hospital. Corporal Ventura, who was just 23 years of age, left behind his wife, parents, two brothers, and grandparents.

Tragedy struck the family again on July 3, 2013 when USMC Lance Corporal William (Billy) Ventura, on leave from training at upstate Fort Drum, was involved in a motorcycle accident on Long Island. After the accident, a passing motorist ran Ventura over, and then fled the scene. LCpl. Ventura was treated for a fractured vertebrae, crushed spinal cord, collapsed lung, and lacerated internal organs. He is paralyzed from the waist down has been given a 1% chance of ever walking again.

The Ventura family’s support of our servicemen and women is very strong. Now, the Ventura’s need our help. Building Homes for Heroes will lead the effort to carry out a major renovation of the family’s home to make it handicap-accessible in an effort to meet Billy’s many needs, and to provide him with the freedom and independence he deserves. Please help this remarkable family.