On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in the year 1918, all fighting ceased between the Allied Powers and Germany. This, as a result, marked the end of the war to end all wars. Ever since then, we honor our veterans on this day for their dedication and service to our country. On this Veterans Day, iNSPIRE Q partnered with Wayfair for Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) to build and furnish accessible homes for veterans. This year, HFOT completed their 300th home for Army Sergeant Nathan Shumaker.
What is Homes For Our Troops?
Homes For Our Troops is a non-profit organization dedicated to build and donate custom homes nationwide. These homes are specially adapted for severely injured post-9/11 veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives.
Who is Sgt. Nathan Shumaker?
Sergeant Nathan Shumaker is an Army veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart for injuries he suffered while serving in Afghanistan. First deployed to Afghanistan in 2007, Sgt. Shumaker wholeheartedly loved his job as an artilleryman with his comrades.
However, in 2010, an enemy mortar round wounded Sgt. Shumaker in combat. When he woke up in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, his left leg was amputated.
While making significant progress with his recovery, his previous home offered limited accessibility. But on September 12, 2020, Sgt. Shumaker and his wife and two children received HFOT’s specially adapted custom home.
This new home features a single-level floor plan so he can move freely in his wheelchair, pull-down shelving for easier access, a master bathroom equipped with plenty of grab bars for increased stability, and so much more accessible features. The home comes completely furnished, all with pieces designed to give Sgt. Shumaker the reliability and support he needs to live in a home that he loves.
This year, through our partnership with Wayfair, we sponsored the Low Back Windsor Classic Dining Chairs, Extendable Pine Dining Table, and 6 Drawer Double Dresser for the Shumaker family. In particular, the Extendable Pine Dining Table sits at 30 inches high to make it easy for Sgt. Shumaker to roll his wheelchair underneath at every meal.
Read more about Sgt. Shumaker’s story at Homes For Our Troops.
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