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Injured Army Sergeant to Receive Specially Adapted Custom Home in Middleville
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., October 28, 2018 – Homes For Our Troops held a Community Kickoff event Saturday in Middleville, Mich., for the building of a specially adapted custom home for Army Sgt. Michael Gower
Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post – 9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives. Most of these Veterans have sustained injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).
On August 2, 2007, while serving in Baghdad, Iraq, on his second deployment, Sgt. Gower's transport vehicle rolled over a two-ton, subsurface improvised explosive device (IED). He was pinned in the vehicle, critically injuring his back and fracturing both his feet, tibia, and fibula. Gower also sustained a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).
HFOT works with local companies from where the build is planned to donate needed materials. Behler-Young Company, a local Michigan HVAC wholesale distributor headquartered nearby in Grand Rapids, is donating the needed HVAC equipment and ductwork materials required for the build.
“Support from local companies in areas we are building help advance our mission of building and donating specially adapted custom homes for deserving Veterans,” says HFOT Manager of Corporate Philanthropy Matt McGuire. “We are thrilled to have Behler-Young’s support for Sgt. Gower’s project.”
"We are so fortunate to be able to give back to Sgt. Gower through Homes For Our Troops," said Behler-Young President and CEO Doug Young. "We are so grateful for and proud of the young men and women who are willing to sacrifice to preserve our freedom and the American way of life. To be able to provide a piece of Sgt. Gower's new house is an incredible privilege we are honored to have."
Currently, Gower is only ambulatory for short distances, and doctors have not ruled out amputating both legs in the future. Receiving a specially adapted custom home from Homes For Our Troops will provide him and his wife Kelli with a sense of security, allowing him to have full wheelchair access and independence.
“This new home will improve my quality of life because I will be able to get in and out of my house,” said Gower. “It will also make my wife and son’s life better since they won’t have to watch me struggle.”