Local Disabled Veteran to receive home remodel from Active Heroes, Home Builders Association, and Team Home Depot Louisville this weekend
LOUISVILLE, KY, January 22, 2013 – The Remodelor’s Council of the Home Builders Association of Louisville, Active Heroes, and Team Home Depot Louisville will join forces this weekend, January 25-27, 2013 to remodel the home of local disabled Army Veteran, Michael Hayes. The home is located near the corner of Browns Lane, off Taylorsville Rd.
Registered Remodelor Pat Wissing, Wissing Contracting Company, LLC stepped up from within the Remodelor’s Council to lead the work necessary for this project, which will impact nearly every room in the home and areas outdoors. “We will be making significant changes to the kitchen and a bathroom so they are easier to maneuver as an amputee with severe burns,” explained Wissing. “We will also be replacing the flooring, installing ramps, and building a fence around the yard to help with Michael’s dogs. Our goal is to create a safe, easy environment for Michael to be able to live independently.”
Active Heroes, a volunteer-led non-profit charity which helps Veterans, Active Duty Military and their families by providing financial support and community reintegration partnered with the Home Depot Foundation and Team Home Depot Louisville, which has made a donation to Active Heroes of $15,500 to purchase supplies for the project. “Active Heroes is proud to partner with Home Depot Foundation and the Home Builders Association of Louisville to help another deserving veteran. It’s heroes like this that can use a hand up and we are going to put a lot of effort into renovating his house to accommodate his injuries. We hope news of this project touches the heart of fellow Louisville military supporters and encourages them to volunteer to help with future projects and fundraisers,” said Troy Yocum, Active Heroes.
The remodeling project will begin at 8:00 am on Friday, January 25, 2013 at the home located off of Taylorsville Rd. Many tradespeople and other volunteers will be working through Sunday, January 27 th. Presently volunteers are being supplied by Pat Wissing Contracting Company, LLC, Remodelors Council of the Home Builders Association of Louisville, Team Home Depot Louisville, Calobrace Plastic Surgery Center, and Rotary Club of St. Matthews. Supplies and other services have been donated by SemperTek, Inc., Dr. Linda Gries, East Louisville Animal Hospital, Bonnycastle Appliance, Innovative Crushing and Aggregate, POD Storage Company, Habitat Restore, Louisville Paving, Chris Walker Excavation, Scott Seed, Porter Paints, and Starbucks Coffee.
Michael Hayes was seriously injured in an IED explosion while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006. Specialist Hayes was the sole survivor of the Humvee explosion, losing his left leg and suffering burns over nearly 40% of his body. Michael returned home to Louisville after significant rehab and 19 surgeries, which were conducted in San Antonio, Texas.
Upon returning to Louisville, Michael purchased a home off Taylorsville Rd. near Browns Lane and began to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a wrestler in the WWE. Michael continues to pursue his dream of wrestling with success today.