US LBM, a building materials distributor based in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, pledged $100,000 to the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. Program (Restoring Independence, Supporting Empowerment), which builds mortgage-free, specially adapted smart homes for “severely wounded heroes,” the company said.
“The work of the Gary Sinise Foundation aligns with two important focus areas of the US LBM Foundation: honoring our veterans and providing housing to those in need,” said L.T. Gibson, US LBM Foundation chairman and US LBM president and CEO. “It is our honor to partner with such a worthwhile organization and to contribute funds and discounted building materials toward building homes for our wounded heroes.”
The US LBM Foundation is supporting the construction of three projects and providing discounted building materials through US LBM’s network of local building material suppliers:
• A housing build in Clarksville, Tennessee, for wounded U.S. Army Sgt. Christopher Kurtz. US LBM’s K-I Lumber has supplied discounted building materials, such as windows and doors.
• A housing build in Tampa, Florida, for U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Romulo Camargo. US LBM’s Rosen Materials contributed discounted drywall to the project.
• A house built in San Antonio, Texas, for wounded U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jason Tabansky. US LBM’s Parker’s Building Supply has provided discounted building materials, including lumber.
Two R.I.S.E. projects the US LBM Foundation also contributed to in 2020 completed earlier this year:
• A housing build in Miramar, Florida, for wounded U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brian Schiefer, where three of the company’s local operating divisions, BSA, Raymond Building Supply and Rosen Materials, teamed up to provide discounted housing materials, including windows, skylights, doors, stucco, drywall and more.
• A house built in Houston, Texas, for wounded U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jay Fondren. US LBM’s Parker’s Building Supply supplied discounted building materials, including drywall, lumber, hardware and more.
In the last two years, the US LBM Foundation has donated more than $175,000 to multiple veteran organizations that provide housing to wounded veterans, the company said.
“Since its inception in 2013, the US LBM Foundation has provided more than $1 million to support organizations that honor veterans and their families, provide housing for those in need, support the development and health of children, aid victims of natural disasters and promote the prevention and treatment of diseases,” the company said.