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.

Many of the most severely wounded veterans are treated at Walter Reed/Bethesda Naval Hospital and at Brook Army Medical Center (BAMC). As they 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. However, they only receive $7,000 for a remodel and $64,960 for building a new home from the federal government.

“This industry wants to support our country’s military veterans and one way we’ll help is with the Dealers Helping Heroes program,” says NLBMDA Chairman Chuck Bankston, president of Bankston Lumber in Barnesville, Ga. “The Yellow Ribbon Fund and the Helping A Hero Organization have some great ideas on how construction supply businesses can make an impact in the lives of military families and we look forward to working with them.”

When veterans are ready to transition home, their names are added to a master list maintained by Helping a Hero Participating state/regional building material associations will 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. Helping a Hero will contact the dealer to further discuss the needs of the local veteran, to answer any questions, and define the parameters of the project. Once the dealer is fully on-board, Helping a Hero will pair the veteran with the dealer and work with them to complete the home project.

“These American heroes have given so much to our country,” says NLBMDA president Michael O’Brien. “The Dealers Helping Heroes program is a small way for the building material industry to thank them for their service and sacrifice on behalf of all Americans.”


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