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Natural Stone Institute Completes 38th Home with Gary Sinise Foundation

Posted on 05 October 2021 by cradmin4

The Natural Stone Institute has provided natural stone and fabrication services for its 38th home with the Gary Sinise Foundation through its R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program. The R.I.S.E. program builds 100 percent mortgage-free specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans and first responders.

The fabrication and natural stone for U.S. Navy Petty Officer Second Class Doc Jacobs and his family were provided by Pacific Shore Stones and Marjan Stone. Jacobs enlisted in the summer of 2004 and after training was assigned to a unit in Ramadi Iraq. On February 25, 2006 Jacobs was severely injured in an IED explosion. His Humvee was struck by a triple stack IED, which took two lives, left two soldiers as amputees, and resulted in other serious injuries.

Jacobs was medevacked through Balad Surgical and soon transferred to National Naval Medical Center Bethesda via Landstuhl. After three months in Bethesda receiving critical surgeries, he began outpatient recovery and transferred to Naval Medical Center San Diego. Jacobs was determined to continue his service. He fought to achieve his goal, becoming the Navy’s first amputee Corpsman and of all Navy Personnel to return to a deployable infantry unit. However, after several jaw surgeries left metal in Jacobs’ face and mouth, he was deemed undeployable by the Navy. Soon after, he chose to retire from the Navy to pursue dreams and goals in other areas of life.

Companies interested in getting involved with future projects are encouraged to email [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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Natural Stone Institute Completes 36th Home with Gary Sinise Foundation

Posted on 09 June 2021 by cradmin4

The Natural Stone Institute has provided natural stone and fabrication services for its 36th home with the Gary Sinise Foundation through its R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program. The Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program builds 100 percent mortgage-free specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans and first responders. Natural stone and fabrication for U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy and his family in Poway, Calif. were provided by Arizona Tile and Tony Sciarrino Stone. 

Soon after Kenton and his wife, Lindsey, were married Kenton joined the U.S. Navy. On November 19, 2017, while serving in Syria, Kenton was severely injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). As a result of the blast, Kenton became a quadriplegic, was blinded in his left eye and developed issues with speech. Kenton has undergone extensive rehabilitation in several facilities including the TIRR (The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research) Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas. Kenton has received numerous awards for his service including a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star Medal and three Navy Achievement Medals. He is proud to have been named the 2010 USO Sailor of the Year. 

The Stacy’s have four children, Logan, Mason, Annabelle and Sadie. Lindsey serves as the primary caretaker for Logan, who has special needs. A specially adapted smart home will significantly improve Kenton’s quality of life as well as provide assistance for Lindsey and their family.

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The Gary Sinise Foundation RISE program welcomes US Army Capt (Ret) Greg Galeazzi, wife Jazmine, and son Teddy to their new smart home in Hopkinton, Massachusetts on Thursday, August 20, 2020.

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Natural Stone Institute Completes 30th Home with Gary Sinise Foundation

Posted on 11 September 2020 by cradmin3

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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The Gary Sinise Foundation RISE program dedicates a smart home to US Army MAJ (Ret.) Jeremy Haynes on January 30, 2020 in Fairfax, Virginia.

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Natural Stone Institute Completes 26th Home with Gary Sinise Foundation

Posted on 19 February 2020 by cradmin

The Natural Stone Institute, along with the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), have provided natural stone and fabrication services for a veteran’s home in Virginia. 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 26 completed homes.

Natural stone and fabrication services for Retired Army Major Jeremy Haynes were provided by MARVA, Virginia Marble & Granite, Washington Marble & Granite, and BMJ Stone.

Growing up in Albany, Georgia, Jeremy Haynes watched the horrific events of September 11, 2001 unfold from his Marine Corps JROTC class. That day, he vowed to serve his country. Jeremy went on to earn a scholarship to Georgia Military College and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. He deployed to Afghanistan, leaving at home his two children and then-pregnant wife, Chelsea. On a mission in Kabul on August 5, 2014, an Afghan Military Soldier shot Jeremy four times, including once in his back. The shot to his spine severed Jeremy’s vena cava and 80 percent of the nerves to his lower extremities, paralyzing both legs. He has faced a long and painful recovery. One day, Jeremy wrote “I WILL WALK AGAIN” on a sheet of paper. He stared at that paper for hours and every day after. Now, through Chelsea’s inspiration to heal, Jeremy can stand and walk for short periods with adaptive equipment. This specially adapted smart home will allow Jeremy to continue to progress in reclaiming his independence.

59 Natural Stone Institute members have donated their time, products and services to this cause since 2016. A list of all donors can be found at www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/RISE. Stone companies interested in getting involved with future projects are encouraged to contact Pam Hammond at [email protected]

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Natural Stone Institute Completes 25th Home with Gary Sinise Foundation

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Natural Stone Institute Completes 25th Home with Gary Sinise Foundation

Posted on 26 December 2019 by cradmin

The Natural Stone Institute, in collaboration with the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), has recently provided natural stone and fabrication services for two more homes. 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 25 completed homes.

Natural stone and fabrication services for US Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Jesse Cottle and his family in Idaho were provided by Arizona Tile, Daltile, Salado, and Valley View Granite.

Jesse Cottle joined the US Marine Corps in 2003. On July 19, 2009, during his fourth deployment, Jesse and his Explosive Ordnance Disposal team were on foot patrol clearing improvised explosive devises in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. An IED detonated under Jesse, blasting him into the air. After being sent to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Jesse underwent seven surgeries on both legs. He was then sent to Naval Medical Center San Diego for outpatient care, where he met Kelly, the woman who would soon be his wife. The couple has two young daughters: Grace and Isla.

Natural stone and fabrication services for US Army Sergeant Stefan LeRoy and his family in Florida were provided by Real Stone & Granite Corporation.

Stefan LeRoy enlisted in the Army in 2010. On June 7, 2012, while deployed in Afghanistan, two IEDs detonated and Stefan rushed to aid those injured by the blasts. While carrying an injured soldier to a Medevac helicopter, Stefan was struck by a third explosion. He lost both of his legs immediately. Stefan was transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he spent over a month in the hospital. He spent two years learning to adapt to his prosthetics, drawing strength from his friends and other amputees at the hospital. Sixteen months after his last surgery in September 2014, he ran the Boston Marathon.

Since 2016, 59 Natural Stone Institute members have donated their time, products and services to this cause. A list of all donors can be found at www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/RISE. Stone companies interested in getting involved with future projects are encouraged to contact Pam Hammond at [email protected]

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Natural Stone Institute Completes 15 Homes with Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. Program

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Natural Stone Institute Completes 15 Homes with Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. Program

Posted on 25 September 2018 by cradmin

Natural Stone Institute members have provided natural stone and fabrication services for fifteen specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans through their support of the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment).

Laura Grandlienard (ROCKin’teriors), chair of the Natural Stone Institute R.I.S.E. committee and project donor, said: “Being involved with the R.I.S.E. program enables our industry to take a leadership role in supporting these veterans and their families who have endured so much to protect our freedoms. We feel tremendous pride in sharing our talents for such an important cause. It’s a beautiful feeling to say ‘welcome home’ to these heroes.”

In addition to the homes completed since this collaboration began in late 2016, Natural Stone Institute members are also involved in ten other home building projects currently in development. To date, 41 Natural Stone Institute member companies have been involved in this program.

Natural Stone Institute CEO Jim Hieb commented: “We are honored to support this worthy cause, and are grateful that so many members across the country have stepped up to use natural stone for good.”

For a full list of donors, and to learn how your company can get involved in this program, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/RISE.

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MIA+BSI Continues Support of Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. Program

Posted on 14 June 2017 by cradmin

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Gary Sinise Foundation dedicates new smart home to wounded Marine veteran

MIA+BSI continues to support the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment). Through this program, MIA+BSI members provide natural stone materials, fabrication and installation for specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans and their families nationwide.

MIA President Jon Lancto (Big Fish Consulting) notes that this a worthwhile cause for the association: “What better cause could our organization be involved with that allows the participation of our members in distribution, fabrication, and installation?”  Judith Otter, Executive Director of the Gary Sinise Foundation feels honored to recognize the service of the veterans in the R.I.S.E program.

MIA+BSI would like to thank the following companies that have supported this initiative:

MARVA Marble & Granite, Trindco, Pyramid Marble & Granite, AG&M, Rugo Stone, Delta Granite & Marble, M S International, Dee Brown, Inc., Daltile, ROCKin’teriors, Marble Line, Arizona Tile, Pental Surfaces, Floform, Marjan Stone, Big Creek Granite, Granite Group, Florida Bath & Surfaces, Inc., Mont Granite, Distinctive Marble & Granite, Global Granite & Marble, Murphy Marble, Acorn Granite & Marble, Duracite, and TexaStone Quarries.

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