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Carpet One Floor & Home stores install flooring for injured veterans

Warren’s Carpet One Floor & Home in Amherst, N.Y., and Floors Inc. Carpet One Floor & Home in South Lake, Texas, recently installed flooring in two new smart homes for injured American veterans.

USMC CPL Mark O’Brien, along with his wife and two children, moved into their donated smart home this past fall. In late November, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, USMC SSGT Marcus Burleson and his family were likewise presented with a custom-built smart home.

CPL O’Brien, now a resident of East Aurora, N.Y., was severely injured in 2004, after a rocket propelled grenade struck his Humvee during a combat mission in Iraq. He sustained a traumatic brain injury and lost both his right arm and his right leg.

Warren’s Carpet One Floor & Home donated the flooring installation throughout the O’Brien home, while both Madison Carpet One and Tontine Carpet One provided assistance.

SSGT Burleson, now a resident of Dublin, Texas, was severely injured by an IED while serving in Afghanistan—his third deployment—in late 2011. He lost both arms in the explosion and sustained a broken neck, multiple broken bones, and the loss of vision in his left eye.

Floors Inc. Carpet One Floor & Home donated the flooring installation throughout the Burleson home.

“This is a season when many of us pause and reflect on all we are thankful for,” said Eric Demaree, president of Carpet One Floor & Home. “During this time of giving, we’re especially honored to show our gratitude by helping provide smart homes for some of the selfless individuals who gave so much of themselves.”

Since 2014, Carpet One Floor & Home has been a proud partner of Building for America’s Bravest, a program of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. The national floor covering cooperative has assisted in the completion of several dozen smart homes, all provided at no charge to veterans who’ve sustained life-altering injuries in the line of duty.

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Tile & Carpet Town Carpet One Floor & Home installs flooring for new smart home

Syracuse, N.Y.—Tile & Carpet Town Carpet One Floor & Home in Dewitt, N.Y., recently installed flooring to help complete a smart home for SPC E-4 Matthew Leyva. The home was built through Building for America’s Bravest (BFAB) and marks the 33rd completed home since Carpet One Floor & Home partnered with the program in 2014. The home will be dedicated Sept. 11 to commemorate those who have sacrificed their lives to protect America’s freedom since the attacks on the World Trade Center. The dedication ceremony will be live streamed via Upstream and can be accessed by visiting

“Sept. 11 is a day that always makes us reflect on our freedom and the price many have paid to protect it,” said Eric Demaree, president of Carpet One Floor & Home. “I can’t think of a better way to remember this sacrifice than helping to provide a smart home for one of these brave individuals.”

Army SPC E-4 Matthew Leyva was severely injured when he stepped on a pressure-plate improvised explosive device in Afghanistan on Aug. 9, 2011. The complex blast injury resulted in Leyva losing both his legs, four of his fingers (his pinky and ring fingers from each hand) and a shattered left elbow.

Carpet One Floor & Home has committed to install the flooring, provided by Mohawk Industries, for all homes built through the BFAB program. The cooperative of independent retailers has also supported the program through fundraising events and will participate at the upcoming T2T 5K Run/Walk organized by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

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Carpet One helps support injured veterans, service members

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-12-10-15-pmManchester, N.H.—Carpet One Floor & Home continues to support the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers’ Building for America’s Bravest program in its effort to build specially adapted “smart homes” for catastrophically injured service members. Building for America’s Bravest was developed with the goal of offering America’s returning heroes the opportunity to live better, more independent lives.

Each “smart home” is built to be energy efficient, automated and easily accessible, with customized features to suit the needs of the individual recipient. For three years, Carpet One Floor & Home has provided the flooring installation for every “smart home” built, while partner company Mohawk Industries has provided the floors.

“In partnering with Carpet One Floor & Home, we knew that we’d be supported by passionate, local business owners with the knowledge and experience necessary to produce beautiful, quality floors suited to the needs of each individual,” states Frank Siller chairman and CEO of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. “Their efforts have made a significant difference in the lives of many heroes over the last three years.”

Across the nation, Carpet One Floor & Home stores have come together with other local businesses to help build “smart homes” for catastrophically injured heroes returning home to their communities. To date, the company has provided the flooring and installation for 26 “smart homes,” with five currently in progress. Together with Mohawk, their three-year commitment to the construction of “smart homes” will total $2.3 million dollars in contributions.

“Partnering with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and its Building for America’s Bravest program has been a privilege,” Howard Brodsky, Carpet One Floor & Home co-CEO, said. “Watching Carpet One Floor & Home stores and their local communities come together to support these worthy individuals has been one of the most rewarding endeavors our company has experienced.”

In additional to hands-on support, the flooring retailer continues to raise funds and awareness at the local level through in-store initiatives, and at the national level through public relations and marketing efforts. Most recently, Carpet One Floor & Home participated in the 15th annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk in New York City, raising over $100,000 for Tunnel to Towers’ mission, which is to honor and support first responders and the military.

Customers are also offered the opportunity to support the worthy cause, with donations of any denomination welcomed at local Carpet One Floor & Home stores across the nation.

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Carpet One Floor & Home raises over $100,000 for T2T 5K

screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-9-41-21-amManchester, N.H.—Carpet One Floor & Home store owners and employees participated in the annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk in New York City on Sept. 25. The efforts of independently-owned stores across North America as well as employees in the company’s two corporate offices generated $103,457 in donations.

The annual event honors the sacrifice of Firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on Sept. 11, 2001. The Tunnel to Towers foundation supports first responders and military through the Building for America’s Bravest program. This program builds customized smart homes for injured veterans.

In appreciation for their sacrifice and service to their country, Carpet One Floor & Home members and Mohawk Industries partnered to furnish and install all the flooring for the homes built by the Building for America’s Bravest program. “For the 15th anniversary of 9/11, we wanted to bring our store owners together to participate in the T2T 5K Run & Walk. We’re proud that over 200 members of our cooperative participated and that even more have helped raise funds for Building for America’s Bravest,” said Howard Brodsky, CEO of CCA Global Partners (the parent company of Carpet One Floor & Home).

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‘Bravest’ dedication to injured war vet on 9/11

September 14/21; Volume 30/Number 7

Carpet One, Mohawk partner on N.Y. smart home

By Nadia Ramlakhan

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 1.23.21 PM Staten Island, N.Y.—Building for America’s Bravest, a Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation program that raises funds to build custom designed, specially adapted smart homes for injured veterans, hosted a dedication ceremony here Sept. 11 in partnership with Carpet One Floor & Home and Mohawk Flooring. Army Sgt. Bryan Dilberian, who lost both legs below the knee and an arm below the elbow in an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan in 2011, received the keys to his new 3,000-square-foot smart home equipped with high-tech features that assist in regaining his independence.

For nearly two years, Carpet One and Mohawk have worked with Building for America’s Bravest through fundraising and marketing efforts as well as providing labor and flooring for multiple homes.

Local Carpet One members dedicated their time and efforts to constructing Dilberian’s home. For those who could not offer hands-on labor, Carpet One created a program that would allow all members to participate in the Building for America’s Bravest initiative.

“I think all of our members are so thrilled to have a non-profit they can leverage their talents with and, at the end of the day, who is more deserving than our service people and their families?” said Theresa Fisher, senior vice president of visual merchandising for Carpet One. “There are different homes throughout the country that a whole bunch of our members get to touch, but we also have this [in-store] campaign in which we ask our customers for $10 donations after every sale so that every Carpet One store in the U.S. gets to participate.”

Because each home is designed to meet the individual physical challenges each veteran (most of whom are triple- or quadruple-amputees as a result of IED explosions) faces, this particular house brandished more than a wheelchair ramp in order to adequately address Dilberian’s recovery needs. In addition to his arm and leg injuries, Dilberian also suffered shrapnel wounds to his face and neck and has undergone more than 20 surgeries. Building for America’s Bravest and its partners hope that his new smart home can enable him to become more self reliant.

Some features of the house include an elevator, motorized internal shelving in the kitchen cabinets that allow Dilberian to lowScreen Shot 2015-09-21 at 1.23.11 PMer the shelves at the touch of an iPad, a motorized sink and stove that can easily be adjusted for height, a card access system that allows Dilberian to enter and exit the home without keys, and a multi-zone HVAC that regulates temperature levels in each room separately.

Other partners who contributed include UPS, MasterBrand, Hunter Douglas, Basset and Glidden, among others.

Dilberian said the home turned out to be more than what he expected. “The sinks elevate [and descend] when I’m in my wheelchair so I can wash things instead of hiring someone to wash them for me. The whole house is functional off of the iPad—lights, climate—and everything is voice recognized. The doors open for me and close at the push of a button instead of turning a knob, there is heated cement so I don’t have to shovel snow, ramps so I don’t have to go up any stairs and non-slip floors so I don’t keep breaking my leg every time I take a fall.”

Mohawk and Daltile were the exclusive suppliers for all of the flooring in the home, with Carpet One members providing labor and completing the installations. The entire first floor is LVT, a smart choice according to John Ponte, director of Building for America’s Bravest. “The flooring is important because with a wheelchair you cannot roll on carpet. Not only that, but this type of flooring doesn’t show the marks of a wheelchair. In a lot of houses you’ll see the lines all over and you can never get the house clean.”

The house’s 2.5 bathrooms incorporate tile while the entire second floor consists of hardwood from Carpet One’s Rustic River collection, featuring handscraping and distressed edges that allow any marks to add to its character. “Because of the nature of the product, it’s going to absorb a lot of wear and tear and not show that the way a polished floor would,” Fisher explained.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation was created to honor Stephen Siller, a first responder at the site of the Twin Towers during their collapse in 2001, and others who lost their lives that day. Building for America’s Bravest was launched in 2011 to assist other injured service members with their return home.

Frank Siller, chairman and CEO of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and brother of Stephen Siller, said one smart home takes about 18 months to build from start to finish, but the organization simultaneously works on multiple homes with the goal of completing at least 15 each year. “I am so proud to say today we have either handed over, broken ground or are in the design stage of 44 homes. But we’ve committed to 200 homes and I know we are going to get it done.”

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