Home for Our Troops is a nonprofit organization that constructs homes for injured servicemen. A large percentage of the operational budget for the organization is raised by donors and community fundraisers. The title is handed over to the veteran mortgage free. The homes allow veterans nationwide to rebuild their lives. The organization has built over 190 homes for veterans. The group constructs homes for the most severely injured service members from all branches of the military that have been injured during combat since September 11, 2001.
Veterans selected to receive the accessible homes must be approved for a Specially Adapted Housing Grant by the Veterans Administration. The servicemen must pass a credit check and criminal background check. The house must serve as the primary residence of the veteran. The organization provides assistance to the soldier in selecting a geographical location.
The soldiers receiving the homes have bravely sacrificed so much for our country. Volunteers feel it an honor and blessing to be able to show their appreciation in this manner. Numerous companies donate building supplies for the homes. CertainTeed proudly supports the organization by supplying gypsum, insulation and roofing materials. Armstrong, Bae Systems, Budget Blinds, Blueline Rental, CertaPro Painters, and Ferguson Cares, are just a few of the numerous corporate sponsors for the project.
Many of the veterans qualifying for the mortgage-free homes have been hit by rocket-propelled grenades in Iran or Afghanistan. Often the wounded warriors have had extremities amputated at field hospitals, such as the one located outside of Baghdad. Some recipients have suffered partial or full paralysis or traumatic brain injuries.
The homes are adapted to meet the needs of each qualifying veteran. Accessible storage, aquatic roll-in showers, keyless entry, raised garden beds, remote controlled shades, sliding windows, touchless faucets, wide doorways and large hallways are just a few of the amenities in the home. Automatic door openers and pull down shelving assist veterans with day to day living. Kitchen features such as, roll under sinks, stove tops and counters may offer independence with meal preparation. Many of the showers and tubs have digitally controlled water thermostats for safety. Storm rooms are constructed to FEMA standards within the closet of the master bedroom with steel reinforced concrete.
Homes for Our Troops is doing great work as a nonprofit organization that works in conjunction with volunteers and corporate sponsors, to provide mortgage-free accessible homes for the most severely injured service members across all branches of the military.
(Photo is courtesy of Volunteers Day 3 as uploaded by MRHSfan at Flickr’s Creative Commons.)