I am going to be volunteering some time over the next few months with a nation-wide organization called Homes for Our Troops. They are a non-profit organization that builds houses for Servicemen and women who return home severely injured. Think Extreme Home Makeover for disabled veterans. I'm honored to be the photographer on a local project they are working on.
They are preparing to build a house here in Waukesha for Army SPC Jason Schulz. Jason's truck was struck by an IED in Mosul, Iraq and he lost both of his legs. The house they will be building with be handicap accessible and help meet his specialized needs.
If you are interested, they are looking for a variety of volunteers and donations – from skilled tradesmen, people helping with meals, community communication teams, materials and monetary donations, etc. The house will be built over a 3 day weekend a few months from now (why take 7 days when you can do it in 3? Take that Extreme Home Makeover!) Anyway, if you are inclined to help or donate in anyway, you can visit their site for more info (link).
They just finished building a house in Sun Prairie for another injured vet. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote a nice article about it which can be read here.
Here are some photos from the registration/information meeting they held this week.