US Army veteran and purple heart recipient receives a brand new mortgage-free, accessible home after a 2014 combat injury resulted in paraplegia

US Army veteran and purple heart recipient receives a brand new mortgage-free, accessible home after a 2014 combat injury resulted in paraplegia

[WESLEY CHAPEL, FL, FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2021] Five-Time NFL Pro Bowler and Hall of Fame hopeful, Jared Allen and his foundation, Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors (JAH4WW) along with their partners at the Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and the Florida Regional Council, presented the keys to another brand new, mortgage-free, injury-specific accessible home. The home, in Wesley Chapel, FL was built for local wounded Army Ranger Travis Dunn and his family.

Army Ranger Staff Sergeant Travis Dunn was presented with the Bronze Star Medal for Valor and the Purple Heart after being wounded in combat on December 2, 2014 in Afghanistan. On that day, SSG Dunn and a group of Rangers with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, and Afghan special operations soldiers were on a joint operation in Nangarhar Province when they came under attack. The group sustained six hours of direct fire engagement. Despite the assault, the unit cleared multiple insurgent-held compounds and killed more than 25 enemy fighters in addition to rescuing a wounded Ranger. SSG Dunn showed great bravery in the exchange, closing with an armed enemy in a close ambush, as well as on three barricaded shooters. During the assault, SSG Dunn was shot in the upper torso and fell from an embankment, resulting in paraplegia. Despite being paralyzed from the waist down, he remains positive.

“For six years following his injuries SSG Dunn, his wife Kelley and their daughter have been living in a home that does not accommodate the injuries he sustained while he served our country.” said Jared Allen. “It is our privilege to give him the home he deserves in honor of his service and sacrifice.”

Army Ranger Lead The Way, Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors and its national and local partners hoped to honor his service and sacrifice to our country Friday when they turned over the keys to the brand new home designed by SSG Dunn and his wife Kelly. To ease Dunn’s daily challenges, the home is designed to be fully compliant with the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) with features that include: an open floor plan, wider hallways and doorways to accommodate wheelchair, scooter and prosthetic use; roll under countertops and sinks; and arguably most importantly, bathroom accessibility amenities that include barrier-free showers with roll-in access, grab bars, seating and a height adjustable shower head. The home was built by W.W Gay Mechanical Contractor Inc, out of Jacksonville, FL.

“It’s the simple things like bringing in groceries, cooking a meal or taking a shower that will have the most impact on my day-to-day life in our new home. So, it’s hard to imagine all of the ways a home specifically designed to accommodate my injuries will allow me and my family to live a more comfortable life.” said SSG Dunn. “I am incredibly grateful to everyone who helped give my family the American dream.”

The home for SSG. Dunn is a continuation of the strong collaboration between Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors, Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters nationwide. The foundation is currently building five additional homes across the country with the help of the UBC and this marks the fourth home built in partnership with Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund.

To learn more about SSG Dunn and his story, stay up-to-date on the latest with his build, or to make a donation, go to www.jah4ww.com or follow the foundation on Facebook and Instagram.

ABOUT JARED ALLENS HOMES FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS:

Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors is a non-profit organization created for the sole purpose of raising money to build or modify homes for America’s injured Military Veterans. Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors was established in October of 2009 after NFL Star, Jared Allen returned home from a trip to the US Military Bases in the Middle East. Jared was moved by the commitment, dedication and sacrifices that our soldiers make every day to protect our freedom. It is Jared’s hope that this foundation will help make the lives of wounded vets a little bit easier. Since its inception JAH4WW has built 17 homes with 3 homes currently under construction in Tennessee, Michigan and California. For more information please visit: www.jah4ww.com

ABOUT ARMY RANGER LEAD THE WAY FUND:

Founded in 2007, Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund, a 501c3 Non-Profit, is an active duty, casualty assistance, recovery, transition And Veterans organization that provides financial support, beyond what the government and Veterans Affairs can offer to the Rangers and families of the elite Special Operations 75th Ranger Regiment. For more information please visit: www.leadthewayfund.org

FLORIDA CARPENTERS REGIONAL COUNCIL

Thousands of professional carpenters and pile drivers go to work every day in Florida and provide a win-win scenario for the contractors and project owners who employ them. These men and women are local, trained, safe, experienced hands working from a foundation of an international skill trade. They are all members of the Florida Carpenters Regional Council, which is an affiliate of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.

A Christmas miracle from Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors will bring peace and comfort to a critically wounded war hero

JAH4WW will give the gift of a mortgage-free, accessible home to U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Chris Burrell

[FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, DECEMBER 23, 2020] Five-Time NFL Pro Bowler and Hall of Fame hopeful, Jared Allen and his foundation, Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors (JAH4WW) was overjoyed to surprise United States Army Staff Sergeant Chris Burrell with a Christmas miracle. In honor of his service and sacrifice the foundation has plans to build SSG Burrell, a military amputee and Purple Heart recipient, a mortgage-free, accessible home anywhere in the United States.

On December 26, 2007, Army military policeman, SSG Burrell was leaving on a mission to support Iraqi police when, just 350 meters outside the wire, three explosively formed penetrators destroyed his vehicle, took his left leg above the knee, severely damaged his right leg and left him with a traumatic brain injury.

Before being medically evacuated he called his then five-year old-daughter and bravely, he told her “Daddy had a boo-boo.”

After surviving his alive day, Burrell wasn’t willing to accept the medical discharge that was nearly an inevitability based on his severe wounds. He immersed himself in his rehabilitation and in spite of the odds stacked against him, fought to stay on active duty. In the summer of 2010, through sheer will and determination, he got his wish and returned to Fort Bragg to continue his military career.

There he serves today and manages his brigade’s canine program, overseeing an operation that includes 112 military working dogs. In Spring of 2021, he will reach his amazing goal of serving through his retirement in the Army.

After receiving the call from Jared Allen and JAH4WW Executive Director, Alex Karalexis, SSG Burrell said, “I am in shock. I actually broke down into tears after the call. Besides my daughter’s birth, this is the greatest thing to ever happen. I just feel so fortunate.”

“There are few greater joys than to call a military hero – like Chris – to tell them we are going to build them a house.” said Jared Allen “And to do it at Christmas time, days just before he celebrates the 13th anniversary of his Alive Day is a blessing. There is no one more deserving.”

Click here to watch a video of the phone call. 

To stay up-to-date on the latest with SSG Burrell’s build and to learn more about  follow JAH4WW on Facebook and Instagram.

A critically wounded Veteran and Purple Heart recipient will receive a mortgage-free home from Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors

A critically wounded Veteran and Purple Heart recipient will receive a mortgage-free home from Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors

The Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights will construct the 100% accessible, injury-specific custom built Michigan home

[MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, DECEMBER 11, 2020] During this season of giving five-Time NFL Pro Bowler Jared Allen and his foundation, Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors (JAH4WW) and their partners, the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights, are overjoyed to announced plans to build a mortgage-free, handicap accessible home in Harrisville, Michigan for a United States Army Veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Army Specialist (SPC) Bobby Body.

Following the attacks on 9/11, Body was compelled to defend his country and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Five years later, on February 12, 2006 he was on a routine mission in Afghanistan when his Humvee was struck by a roadside bomb, resulting in injuries that ultimately led to making the arduous decision to amputate his lower left leg. 

14-years later, Bobby is currently undergoing multiple surgeries for a new prosthesis and recovering in a home where the absence of handicap accessible features can lead to further injuries and daily difficulties.

“The freedom to enjoy the beauty of a Christmas tree or the glow from a menorah is owed to veterans, like Army Specialist Bobby Body.” said Allen. “His service has allowed us celebrate the holidays enjoying the comforts of our home, and we believe he deserves the same.” 

The custom home will be 100-percent accessible and tailored specifically to accommodate SPC Body’s injuries and will include adaptations making it easier him to live his daily life in the comfort of a home that works for him. When decking the home for a wounded Veteran it’s more than boughs of holly. The home will be a continuation of the foundation’s partnership nationwide with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and will include a roll-in shower, zero threshold entries and roll under counter tops and sinks. 

“We are so proud to partner with Jared Allen’s Home for Wounded Warriors,” said Tom Lutz, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights. “The men and women in this labor union work every day to build the world we want to live in. Army Specialist Bobby Body is a great example of the kind of person who deserves the best America has to offer and we are grateful for his service.”

“It’s hard to imagine all of the ways our new home will allow us live comfortably and focus on family.” said Bobby Body. “I am so excited and grateful to have been chosen to be a JAH4WW home recipient and looking forward to celebrating our first Christmas there in 2021.” 

To stay up to date on Bobby’s home build, follow Jared Allen’s Home for Wounded Warriors on Facebook and Instagram at @JAH4WW. Donations can be made at https://deckthehome.funraise.org/

ABOUT JARED ALLENS HOMES FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS:
Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors is a non-profit organization created for the sole purpose of raising money to build or modify homes for America’s injured Military Veterans. Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors was established in October of 2009 after NFL Star, Jared Allen returned home from a trip to the US Military Bases in the Middle East.  Jared was moved by the commitment, dedication and sacrifices that our soldiers make every day to protect our freedom.  It is Jared’s hope that this foundation will help make the lives of wounded vets a little bit easier. Since its inception JAH4WW has built 17 homes with 3 homes currently under construction in Tennessee, Michigan and California. For more information please visit: http://www.jah4ww.com


ABOUT THE MICHIGAN REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS AND MILLWRIGHTS (MRCC):

The MRCC is the largest skilled trades labor union in Michigan, representing more than 14,000 of the best trained men and women in the construction industry. Nationally, we partner with Helmets to Hardhats to recruit veterans into the skilled trades, making us one of the largest employers of veterans in the construction industry. Our members, together with our contractor partners, help build the largest construction projects in the state, including universities, power stations, industrial buildings, and residential homes. Union carpenters and millwrights get extensive training in state-of-the-art methods and equipment during a four-year apprenticeship that produces the best skilled professional worker fully certified by the U.S. Department of Labor. To join, text MRCCAPP to (855) 424.2562. 

JARED ALLEN’S HOMES FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS AND THERMA-TRU ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

JARED ALLEN’S HOMES FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS AND THERMA-TRU ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

Scottsdale, AZ March 12, 2019 – Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors  (JAH4WW) is happy to announce its recent partnership agreement with Therma-Tru Corp. Through the agreement, Therma-Tru will provide exterior entry door systems with an estimated value of $80,000 for JAH4WW home projects across the country. Additionally, Therma-Tru has committed to a financial contribution of $20,000 to JAH4WW.

Founded in 2009, Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors raises money to build and remodel mortgage free, 100 percent handicap accessible homes to suit the individual needs of our injured United States military veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. To date, the foundation has completed 10 custom homes for critically wounded veterans across the country and currently has active projects in eight states.

“My foundation and I are excited to begin this partnership with Therma-Tru and to welcome them into the Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors family. Every aspect of our homes is custom and the team at Therma-Tru is dedicated to working with each of our veterans and their families to ensure that they are getting to select the doors that will work for their family. We are thankful to Therma-Tru for their support and commitment to helping us serve those who have served us,” said Jared Allen.

“Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors goes hand-in-hand with Therma-Tru’s mission to make homes better through security, performance and design. Our associates strive to make a positive impact on every life we touch and we’re proud to partner with an organization that does the same,” said Mark Ayers, vice president, marketing at Therma-Tru Corp. “We’re also happy to leverage our nationwide fabricator and distributor network of partnerships – these relationships will play a key role in the fabrication and delivery of these customized entryway solutions for JAH4WW veteran recipients,” said Ayers. 

Those looking to get involved can visit www.homesforwoundedwarriors.com or contact Amanda Rahtz at Amanda@jallen4hww.flywheelsites.com

ABOUT JARED ALLENS HOMES FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS:

Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors is a non-profit organization created for the sole purpose of raising money to build or modify homes for America’s injured Military Veterans. Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors was established in October of 2009 after NFL Star Jared Allen returned home from a trip to the US Military Bases in the Middle East. Jared was moved by the commitment, dedication and sacrifices that our soldiers make every day to protect our freedom.  It is Jared’s hope that this foundation will help make the lives of wounded vets a little bit easier.

ABOUT THERMA-TRU:

Therma-Tru is the leading entry door brand most preferred by building professionals. Founded in 1962, Therma-Tru pioneered the fiberglass entry door industry, and today offers a complete portfolio of entry and patio door system solutions, including decorative glass doorlites, sidelites and transoms, and door components. The company is headquartered in Maumee, Ohio and also offers low-maintenance Fypon polyurethane and PVC products. For more information and product warranty details, visit www.thermatru.com, www.fypon.com or call 800-537-8827.

Therma-Tru is part of the Doors & Security division of Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS), which creates products and services that fulfill the dreams of homeowners and help people feel more secure. FBHS’s operating divisions are Plumbing, Cabinets and Doors & Security. Its trusted brands include Moen, Perrin & Rowe, Riobel, Rohl, Shaws and Victoria + Albert under the Global Plumbing Group (GPG); more than a dozen core brands under MasterBrand Cabinets; Therma-Tru entry door systems; Fiberon composite decking and railing products; and Master Lock and SentrySafe security products under The Master Lock Company. Fortune Brands holds market leadership positions in all of its divisions. Fortune Brands is part of the S&P 500 Index. For more information, please visit www.fbhs.com.

Icon Building Group donates proceeds from home sale to JAH4WW

Icon Building Group donates proceeds from home sale to JAH4WW

Icon Building Group completed a home in Long Grove, IL whose sale will benefit Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors. Once sold 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors to be used to build a handicap accessible home for Marine Cpl Kyle Moser in Batavia, IL. Thank you to all of those who made this event possible!

New Year, New Home for Cpl. Jed Morgan and Family

New Year, New Home for Cpl. Jed Morgan and Family

MEDFORD, Ore. – Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors (JAH4WW) handed Marine Cpl. Jed Morgan the keys to a brand new mortgage-free, handicap-accessible home in Medford, Oregon this past Friday.

“Days like this are so special because we finally get to hand the house over to them and let them begin their new life,” JAH4WW founder and former pro football star, Jared Allen, said at the key ceremony. “Home should be your most secure spot at your most vulnerable time and that’s what we want to give these guys.”

Cpl. Jed Morgan became the eighth recipient of a new home courtesy of JAH4WW and its supporters. Three months after marrying his wife, Anna, in 2009, Cpl. Morgan was deployed to Afghanistan. On June 21, 2012, he was critically injured in an IED explosion. As a result, he lost both of his legs and all mobility in his dominant arm. Morgan spent the next 12 weeks at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he was honored with a Purple Heart for his service and sacrifice.

Despite his life-altering injuries, Cpl. Morgan has remained hopeful and positive. However, living in a home that is not handicap-accessible has made even the simplest everyday tasks extremely challenging. JAH4WW proudly teamed up with the White Heart Foundation, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, and S&B James Construction Management to provide Cpl. Morgan, his wife, and their young daughter a home that suits their needs.

Since its inception in 2009, JAH4WW has completed handicap-accessible homes for eight injured U.S. military veterans and is in the process of building five more across the country in 2017. To stay updated on the individual veterans and upcoming builds or remodels across the country, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram .