"Build Brigades Bring Out Hundreds to Give Back in Celebration of Veterans Day"
100's of volunteers joined Homes for Our Troops "Build Brigades" in MA, PA and CT and provided countless hours of construction work to build specially adapted homes for SGT Brian Fountaine, SPC James Fair and Cpl. Brian Johnston.
“Build Brigades Bring Out Hundreds to Give Back in Celebration of Veterans Day”
100’s of volunteers joined Homes for Our Troops “Build Brigades” in MA, PA and CT and provided countless hours of construction work to build specially adapted homes for SGT Brian Fountaine, SPC James Fair and Cpl. Brian Johnston.
November 19, 2007 In a whirlwind of activity last week, Homes for Our Troops organization celebrated Veterans Day with 100’s of other grateful Americans by giving back to our severely wounded Veterans during two Build Brigade events in three different states.
‘‘For a lot of people celebrating Veterans Day, it’s seeing a parade or thanking a couple of guys they know who might have served,’’ Fountaine said.
‘‘But I think, to a lot of these people here today, they believe they are actually making a difference. And they really are,’’ Fountaine said.
He said he has never been one to seek help, or to seek any credit for serving his country.
‘‘But, I lost my legs in
‘‘These volunteers are building our house. Building our future.’’
The importance of Veterans Day weekend wasn’t lost on the volunteers.
‘‘There is a little symbolism, that on Veterans Day we can do something for a veteran who gave so much to this country,’’ said Richie LeBlanc of Natick, who was framing the walls of the garage.
‘‘These guys go over and fight for us, whether you agree about the war or not,’’ LeBlanc said.
‘‘The least I can do is help him. The reason my family sleeps well at night, and I sleep well at night, is because of guys like him.’’
On that same weekend as the
Approximately one hundred volunteers came out to do landscaping, roll out sod for the lawn, paint the inside of the home and do general clean up. The home dedication ceremony for this specially adapted home is set for mid-December.
The second Build Brigade event was held in
James was completely blinded, lost both his hands and was left with shrapnel throughout his body causing injuries to his right leg and serious brain trauma.
This home building project for James will be one of the most high-tech homes that has been built by Homes for Our Troops and is made possible with a great deal of help from Duquesne Light of Pittsburgh. During the 2007 Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show, this company helped raise awareness and thousands of dollars in funding for this specially adapted home in PA.
Both Build Brigades were huge successes and enabled Homes for Our Troops to accomplish in just 3 days, what would normally take a month under a traditional building timeline.
Homes for Our Troops is in need of skilled and unskilled volunteer labor and materials to complete the interiors of the those two homes and to participate in the building of the many specially adapted home building projects currently underway across the USA. Please visit www.homesforourtroops.org to view a complete project listing and to find out more about how you can get involved.
About Homes for Our Troops
Homes for Our Troops was founded in 2004 by contractor
*The services provided by Homes for Our Troops is done at no cost to the veterans they serve.
Homes for Our Troops has received awards and recognition from notable sources around the country:
*Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service
*President Bush’s December 7 Address to the Troops at
*Daughters of the American Revolution 2006 Medal of Honor
*2005 & 2006 Newman’s Own Award
*ENR Top 25 Newsmakers Award
*Home Magazine’s 2005 Home Shelter Award
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Taunton, MA 02780