The Ventura Family
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
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. The cause of death was
complications from his medication for PTSD. Corporal Ventura,
who was just 23 years of age, left behind his wife, parents, two
brothers, and grandparents. He carried out a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
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, and
their families is second to none. 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
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