The Natural Stone Institute has provided natural stone and fabrication services for another home through the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment). The R.I.S.E. program builds specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans and first responders. To date, Natural Stone Institute members have been involved in 30 completed homes.
Natural stone and fabrication services for U.S. Army Captain Greg Galeazzi and his family were provided by Marble and Granite, Inc. and Ontra Stone Concepts.
Galeazzi was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in the summer of 2010. Early in his deployment, he volunteered to take over a platoon who had lost their leader to a roadside bomb. On May 26, 2011, Galeazzi was heading back to base with his platoon after leading a foot patrol when he was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED). Galeazzi lost both of his legs and part of his right arm. His soldiers kept him alive while they waited 30 minutes for the MEDEVAC helicopter to arrive. Galeazzi woke up three days later at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He underwent dozens of surgeries and endured many additional complications before he was able to live on his own. Today, Galeazzi is a medical student at Harvard Medical School and looks forward to starting life in his specially adapted smart home.
Companies interested in getting involved with future projects are encouraged to contact Pam Hammond at [email protected]. To learn more, and to see a list of all Natural Stone Institute members who have donated their time, products and services to this cause, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/RISE.
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