Vincent J. Doherty, a retired captain of the Fire Department of New York, recently came to Mayville Heights, Ohio to honor the owners of a local small business for their contributions to the Building for America’s Bravest program, a charitable endeavor operated by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
Chuck and Mark Wien, the owners of Marshall Carpet One Floor and Rug Gallery, have been valued contributors to the charity program, which is dedicated to building new “smart homes” for military veterans with debilitating injuries who are returning home from war. To recognize their contributions to the charity, Doherty awarded them with a piece of steel from the wreckage at Ground Zero, set in a special commemorative plaque.
According to Doherty, the organization has already built 15 of these smart homes, with another 14 in construction and 12 in the planning phase. The Siller foundation has also committed to building at least another 200. Once these buildings are complete, the Building for America’s Bravest program will begin to focus on building homes for veterans who have injuries that are not quite as serious.
The “smart homes” help these veterans to still live somewhat independently, thanks to technologies like moving cabinets, iPad access for heating and air conditioning controls and more. The Wiens’ carpet store has donated flooring and installation services for 46 of these smart homes.
Thanks to the assistance of business owners like the Wiens, injured veterans will be able to come back to new homes designed specifically to meet their needs.
Meet with the team of experienced New York attorneys at Barasch, McGarry, Salzman & Penson if you have suffered an injury or illness due to exposure to Ground Zero toxins after the September 11 attacks.