Manchester, N.H.—Carpet One Floor & Home staff and volunteers from the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers’ Building for America’s Bravest program gathered in two states on Nov. 11, to welcome two American heroes into their newly designed smart homes. First Floors Carpet One Floor & Home of Dallas and Rochester Flooring Kitchen & Bath Carpet One Floor & Home of Rochester, N.Y., installed new flooring in these donated homes.
Army SPC Kevin Trimble of Oak Point, Texas, and Marine Lance Cpl. Mark Beyers of East Aurora, N.Y., were each handed keys to their brand new, mortgage-free, handicapped accessible smart homes. Work on both projects began earlier this year.
Trimble was just 19 when he was struck by an IED during patrol in Afghanistan, costing him his left arm and both of his legs. Beyers also sustained serious injuries from an IED while serving in Iraq in 2005, where he lost both his right arm and right leg. Moving with their respective families into new homes is an important step in living full, successful civilian lives.
Upon hearing Trimble’s story, Alecia Larmeir, vice president of retail operations at First Floors Carpet One Floor & Home, said she didn’t hesitate to offer her assistance. “I’ve been so inspired by the stories of the veterans as we’ve been working with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers foundation over the years,” Larmeir added. “When I got the call that there was a home being built in our area, I was honored to be able to make this contribution and help Kevin move into his smart home.”
The son of a WWII veteran, Al Pelusio, owner of Rochester Flooring Kitchen & Bath Carpet One Floor & Home said he, likewise, knew immediately he wanted to get involved in the smart home project. “Many of my friends in high school went into the military after graduation,” Pelusio added. “I just feel it’s necessary to give back to this group of people who have risked so much serving us. It’s important to recognize that these veterans served our country and its citizens proudly for our right to remain home with our loved ones, and it’s our duty to return the favor. This is the very least we can do as a company.”
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