Homes for our Troops announces an upcoming three-day Build Brigade April 1-3 in support of the 100th home built for American Veterans. A HARDI philanthropic partner, Homes for Our Troops is a non-profit organization committed to building homes specifically adapted to meet the needs of severely injured Veterans.
The home is being constructed in Fredericksburg, VA for Marine Sergeant Kenny Lyon. Sgt. Lyon was on his second deployment in May 2006 when a mortar attack near Fallujah, Iraq left him with severe injuries resulting in the amputation of his left leg above the knee, a shattered jaw, and irreversible nerve damage to his left arm and hand. Efforts to build Sgt. Lyon’s new home will kick-off with a ceremony on Friday, April 1 at 8:30 a.m.
In support of the HARDI-Homes for Our Troops partnership, three HARDI distributor members helped make this project possible. Virginia Air Distributors donated the HVAC system for the home, East Coast Metal Distributors donated the HVAC supplies, and Ferguson Enterprises donated the electrical and plumbing fixtures.
“It has been a privilege to work with Homes for Our Troops and give back to those who make protecting our safety and freedom their job,” says Chris Baker, Virginia Air President and COO. “We are grateful for the opportunity to be included in such an honorable cause.”
“We thank our great customer, First Choice Heating & Cooling [donating the HVAC system installation], and our vendors for their support enabling us to donate to this great cause,” says Scott Rogers, Fredericksburg branch manager for East Coast Metals Distributors.
Immediately following the Build Brigade ceremony, Congressman Rob Wittman and Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell will be among the volunteers working to raise the home’s first wall. The 2,600-square-foot, single-level, specially adapted home is scheduled for completion in just seven days, with the official presentation of house keys to Sgt. Lyon set for Saturday, April 9 at 11:00 a.m.
About Homes for Our Troops: Homes for Our Troops is a national non-profit 501c 3 organization based in Taunton, Mass. founded by John Gonsalves in 2004 (www.homesforourtroops.org). The organization’s mission is to build specially adapted homes for service members who have been severely injured in combat operations since September 11, 2001. All specially adapted homes are built at no cost to the veteran thanks to donations from thousands of individuals, foundation grants, corporate sponsors, professional tradespeople and generous support from countless volunteers.