Home Improvements Help Veterans Move Forward
Advocacy Volunteers are a vital resource in providing support to military personnel and their families.
On August 6, 2010, Marine Sergeant Joey Jones' career abruptly ended in Afghanistan. A bomb technician, Jones lost both legs above the knee after stepping on an IED. During his eventual recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, he chose not to dwell on his own injuries, but to help other wounded warriors cope with their losses. Now living in Georgetown, Texas, Jones is starting a new chapter, in a 3,000 square-foot home that's undergoing much-needed renovations.
As part of an ongoing effort to assist veterans, more than 100 volunteers turned out for the first day of repairs on the four-bedroom home Jones purchased over the summer. In addition to widening doorways, modifying entrances and installing hardwood floors, crews have converted a master bedroom window into a required emergency exit, and split a bathroom counter, so Jones can use the sinks when seated or while wearing prosthetic limbs.
“There was also a four-foot drop-off to the backyard pool, with a steep ramp and no handrail,” Jones explains. “They built an incredible 1,000 square-foot deck that wraps the home and provides wheelchair accessibility.”
Renovations create freedom
According to Jones' wife, Meg, “ We've lived in multiple apartments that weren't handicap accessible. Joey had to use his hands to move around, and sometimes there were parts of the apartment that were totally inaccessible. After the renovations are completed, Joey will be able to access all parts of our home without assistance, giving him a lot of his independence back.”
As the executive director of marketing for the non-profit Boot Campaign, Jones is committed to providing support to military personnel and their families. He's extremely grateful his needs have been met, thanks to Mike Reichert, Jeff Edwards, Luis Hernandez and countless other dedicated volunteers.
“They've improved my quality of life. I can now do things to stay healthy, perform chores and be a good dad to my five-year-old son, Braiden, when he visits. They've given me what money can't buy, which is peace of mind.”