Veteran’s Day: a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism and willingness to serve and sacrifice for our country. Overhead Door recently partnered with Building Homes for Heroes to say thank you to a veteran who protects our country every day.
On August 7, 2003, Army Specialist Robert “B.J.” Jackson of the 186th Military Police Company was driving a Humvee with other soldiers through Baghdad, Iraq when his vehicle triggered a roadside bomb, and was immediately hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. Over the course of several hours, soldiers fought off insurgents and worked to extract B.J. from his vehicle. He was then airlifted to an Iraqi field hospital for immediate care, then to Kuwait and finally to Germany for additional treatment.
B.J. lost both legs below the knee and suffered severe burns on his arms, legs and back, and flash burns on his face and head. He spent nearly 50 days in the post burn unit recovering.
Over the past few months, Building Homes for Heroes, a national non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2006, along with Overhead Door and several other partners have been finalizing the details to build a new, mortgage-free home for B.J. and his family in Orlando, Florida.
Building Homes for Heroes is strongly committed to rebuilding lives and supporting the brave men and women who were injured while serving the country during the time of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. The organization builds or modifies homes and gifts them, mortgage-free, to veterans and their families.
Overhead Door provided the two Model 170 Traditional steel garage doors and two Legacy 850 belt drive openers for B.J.’s home, which was built in the beautiful Lake Nona community; a peaceful, family-friendly neighborhood with a state-of-the-art elementary school, fitness center, community pool, athletic fields and, of course, in close proximity to all the Orlando attractions.
Due to the nature of Jackson’s injuries, the home will be built specifically to meet his needs. The home will be designed and constructed based on recommendations and requirements for specially adapted housing put forth by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Thank you, Army Specialist B.J. Jackson of the 186th Military Police Company, and thank you to all the past, present and future veterans who make sacrifices every day for our country and our freedom.
For more information or to learn how you can get involved with Building Homes for Heroes, please visit www.buildinghomesforheroes.org.