Rockville, MD – The Center for Organizational Excellence, Inc. (COE), today made a special announcement that, on September 30, 2017, Marine Corporal Kevin Blanchard and his family received the keys to their new specially adapted home. The news came via a letter from Suzanne Shaheen at Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) reflecting the impact of COE’s contributions to the organization.

COE’s support of HFOT began in 2016 with the decision to donate 100% of the royalties from CEO Steve Goodrich’s book “Transforming Government: From Congress to the Cubicle.” The book was written to help our government more efficiently and effectively serve the America people, which made donating the royalties a natural extension of that goal. COE chose HFOT because of who they serve and their track record of spending nearly 90 cents of every dollar directly on program services for Veterans.

“When Steve released his book on government reform, he knew he wanted the proceeds to benefit the people who serve our country,” said Lyn McGee, COE’s vice president of Client Solutions. “COE at its core is about making sustainable, positive impacts. We wanted to ensure that the organization we backed would create lasting, positive change for the people it serves.”

The company will continue donating book royalties as an expression of our commitment to sustainable change and to say thank you to the people who have sacrificed so much for our country.

In honor of Veterans Day, it is especially important to take a moment to say thank you to those who serve and have served our great nation. Providing specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans like Cpl. Blanchard is a vital part of the rebuilding process, but that’s just one of the many ways to show appreciation. COE encourages support for organizations like HFOT to continue making a difference in the lives of those who have made such a difference in ours.

Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization building and donating specially adapted, custom 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 our 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. For more information on HFOT, please visit


(transcription of the Homes For Our Troops thank you letter)


Dear Friends,

As a generous donor to Marine Corporal Kevin Blanchard’s specially adapted home, I wanted to contact you personally to let you know that Kevin and his family received the keys to their new home on September 30, 2017.

Thanks to your generous contribution and many others, Kevin will become more independent in doing the simple day to day tasks that we take for granted like bathing, cooking, and simply going from room to room to be with his family. Being able to accomplish these tasks on his own will enable him to regain his freedom and independence and begin the process of rebuilding his life.

I am enclosing a photograph of Corporal Blanchard’s new home and the ribbon cutting that took recently. On behalf of the Blanchard Family and Homes For Our Troops, we would like to thank all those who contributed to making the dream of home ownership a reality.

“Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives.”


Suzanne Shaheen
Gifts Officer

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