WASHINGTON, DC - The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) launched its "Dealers Helping Heroes" program to help injured military veterans renovate their houses or to build new homes.
As severly wounded veterans transition to civilian life, they are often in desperate need of assistance in remodeling, renovating, or building a home that will work for their particular disability. The Federal government supplies only $7,000 for a remodel, $64,960 for building a new home.
"Servicemen and women suffering with severe injuries deserve homes that will accommodate their new way of life and I call on lumber dealers to consider adopting a wounded warrior," said NLBMDA chairman Chuck Bankston, who is also president of Bankston Lumber in Barnesville, GA. "Construction supply businesses can make an impact in the lives of military families and we look forward to working with them,"
When a veteran is ready to transition home, their name is added to a master list maintained by Helping a Hero helpingahero.org. Participating state/regional building material associations receive a list bi-weekly of veterans looking to transition and where they are transitioning to. The state/regional association will identify a local dealer willing to "adopt" the veteran and provide whatever assistance they can to help them with the building project.