St. Louis -- The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) has provided flooring for its 37th home in support of the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment). The R.I.S.E. program builds custom, specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans and first responders. The home dedication for U.S. Army Specialist First Class Caleb Brewer (Ret.) took place on in Tucson, Ariz. Flooring for the project was donated by NWFA member Palo Duro.
“In addition to losing both his legs, Caleb faced multiple medical challenges during his recovery, including severe infections, blood clots, and blood loss,” said Michael Martin, NWFA president and CEO. “Yet despite these challenges, he was able to walk on a single prosthetic leg just three months after his injury. Today, he is surfing, shooting, running, and rock climbing. His drive and determination to live life to the fullest are evident with the completion of an Army 10 Miler run and the Bataan Memorial Death March. We’re honored to partner with Palo Duro to provide flooring for his new home.”
In addition to the 37 homes already completed, NWFA currently is working with its members to source wood flooring for 13 additional R.I.S.E. homes in various stages of planning and construction. Currently, 57 NWFA member companies have donated product, logistics, and installation services in locations throughout the United States, with a total value of more than $4.0 million. By the end of this year, 70 specially adapted smart homes will be completed or underway through the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. program.
For more information, visit www.nwfa.org.