For over 10 years, Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) has been dedicated to building mortgage-free, specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan to enable them to rebuild their lives. It’s an amazing opportunity for businesses and individuals to participate in a collective effort to say an extra special “thank you” to those who have sacrificed so much in service to our country.
Budget Blinds® Corporate, including our nationwide network of independent franchise business owners, and long-time trusted manufacturing partner, Springs Window Fashions®, have made the commitment to support HFOT by donating product and professional measuring and installation services for three years, placing faux wood blinds in 120 of the specially adapted homes that HFOT builds.
“We are excited about helping to get these families settled into their new homes, and proud to support our veterans in this way. We share a strong commitment to supporting veterans who have served our country.” –Chad Hallock, CEO and co-founder of Budget Blinds
It’s a necessity, not a luxury
HFOT qualified home recipients have sustained catastrophic injuries such as multiple amputations (legs, hands and arms), full or partial paralysis, and severe traumatic brain injury, making traditional-style homes extremely difficult, if not impossible, to navigate. In the FAQ section on the HFOT website, this is fully explained:
Q:Why would Veterans who have prosthetic legs require a specially adapted home? Aren’t they able to stand and walk around just fine in a regular (non-adapted) home?
A: “What many people don’t know about the amputee population is that when these individuals are at home, many actually prefer to be in their wheelchairs resting and recovering their residual limbs. Prosthetic use and wear, especially after a long day, can become quite cumbersome and uncomfortable, often irritating sensitive and exposed skin areas. Prosthetics are not ideal for climbing stairs or walking on surface areas such as rugs, bathroom tiles, and stepping over thresholds; nor are they practical to put on at nighttime when getting out of bed for the bathroom or tending to a child. Living in an HFOT specially adapted home alleviates those issues for our injured Veterans and aids in their recovery, allowing them to have complete wheelchair accessibility and avoid falls and further injuries.”
The faux wood blinds selected from the Budget Blinds’ Signature Series® product line contribute to the energy efficiency and easy care of each home.
- Blinds provide complete light and privacy control
- Faux wood binds increase energy efficiency by blocking heat gain and loss
- The classic lines add beauty and complement any décor
- Adding window treatments like valances or drapery panels create a custom look
- Faux wood blinds are easy to clean and give worry-free operation for years
- Highly moisture resistant, faux wood blinds are appropriate for every room in the home, and for any part of the country
Meet Army Sergeant Matthew Spang
Army Sergeant Spang was on his second deployment to Afghanistan when his vehicle was hit by two improvised explosive devices (IEDs), resulting in the loss of both his legs below the knees and severe damage to his right hand. After months of medical centers and hospitals, he came stateside to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX, for rehabilitative therapies. During the long, painful journey to recovery, Sgt Spang shares that he drew strength and motivation from his family and friends to start walking, first with the parallel bars and then crutches. His apartment is not wheelchair friendly, and he looks forward to the life-changing HFOT home where he can take off his prosthetics and rest in his wheelchair. No more crawling on his knees as he does now for bathroom/shower accessibility. “The burden of finding a place for us to live comfortably would be lifted off my shoulders and allow me to help my kids be happy and give them the tools they need to succeed. There will be room for my kids to have a better life and room for us to grow. People like [the Homes for Our Troops project supporters] are the reason why the United States is the best country to live in.”
Sgt Spang is excited about returning to school and obtaining his Bachelor’s degree. With a mortgage-free home, he’ll have more free time to enjoy road trips with his children, and focus on staying healthy and active through a variety of sports including wheelchair basketball, volleyball, golf, football and soccer.
Jessica and Mark Mizell, new franchise owners of Budget Blinds serving North Colorado Springs, were honored to provide the professional measuring and installation services for the faux wood blinds in Sgt Spang’s HFOT home.
Click here for Sergeant Spang’s story in his own words.
Meet Army SFC Jeffrey Hackett
Career Army, SFC Hackett was on his 4th deployment when he activated a wire-tripped IED while leading a patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in August 2011. He suffered multiple injuries and lost his right leg below the knee, and is now medically retired after 17 years of service in the Army. He’s glad to be home with wife, Bobbie Jo, and his three daughters, and they all look forward to the new HFOT specially adapted home where he can be less stressed and more relaxed. Their current home has lots of stairs, which makes every day a potential danger. Of the new home SFC Hackett says, “The whole design of the home will give more freedom and independence to maneuver all around the home. Homes for Our Troops is doing great things. My family and I are truly blessed and I thank everyone for helping our dream of having a safe home come true.”
With a heart for his fellow servicemen, SFC Hackett works with several nonprofit organizations that assist veterans, including one that uses fly fishing as an avenue of physical and emotional rehabilitation. Bobbi Jo is active with the USO, also helping to meet the needs of military troops and their families. Camping, fly fishing, kayaking and bicycling are favorite family activities. SFC Hackett hopes his passion for photography and filmmaking will lead to his own photography business in the future.
Tania Wodzenski, franchise owner and Décor Consultant of Budget Blinds serving Syracuse and Central New York donated her time and expertise for exact measuring and installation of the window coverings for SFC Hackett’s new home. At the Key Ceremony on July 25 when the home was awarded to the Hackett family, Tania attended with Jeannine LaRose, sales representative from Springs Window Fashions, who generously donated the blinds, and Tania’s friend, Judy Parker, sang America the Beautiful and the National Anthem during the flag raising.
Hear SFC Jeffrey Hackett and Bobbi Jo tell of their experience by clicking here.
If new window coverings are on your wish list, now is the perfect time! Take advantage of the Summer Sale Event going on now through August 30. Call 866-879-9730 today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online at www.budgetblinds.com to find a Style Consultant near you. Ask how you can experience summer savings on custom blinds, shutters, shades, drapes and more while improving the energy efficiency of your home.
For information on how you can get involved with a local HFOT home build or ways to donate to Homes for Our Troops, go to www.hfotusa.org.