NSI helps build 45th R.I.S.E. home

SOAR homeOberlin, Ohio – The Natural Stone Institute (NSI) provided natural stone and fabrication services for its 45th home with the Gary Sinise Foundation through its Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment (RISE) program. The foundation’s RISE program builds 100% mortgage-free custom smart homes for critically injured veterans and first responders. Natural stone and fabrication for US Army Captain Derick Carver were supplied by Arizona Tile, Alpha Granite and Salado.

On the morning of January 19, 2010, while serving in the Arghandab River Valley outside Kandahar, Afghanistan, retired U.S. Army Captain Derick Carver and his unit met with local teachers and elders to discuss the reopening of a school the Taliban had rigged to to blow with IEDs. Along with the Afghan military, Carver and his platoon moved forward to settle in the school for clearance operations to prevent further targeting. However, on the way to the school, the Taliban launched a complex ambush using a chain of 107mm rockets and homemade explosives. Carver suffered multiple injuries, including the loss of most of his right thigh, multiple fingers that were fused or partially amputated, and the amputation of his left leg. The attack also resulted in PTSD and recurring complications.

After multiple initial life-saving surgeries, Carver was finally transported to Walter Reed Medical Center, where he spent the remainder of his 13-month recovery. During this time, Carver underwent nearly 50 surgeries, more than 50 blood transfusions, and five plasma transfusions, later opting for active recovery. After internal recovery, Carver returned to duty and assumed the role of AS-3 for the 4th Ranger Training Battalion, becoming the “1 legged Ranger Instructor” before retiring in 2012.

Since his injury in 2010, Carver said he has stayed active by competing in CrossFit competitions and winning the USA and World’s Strongest Disabled Man in 2017. Carver has competed in the Arnold Sports Classic, where Arnold called him the “most inspiring veteran” he’s met. Carver also said he plans to continue his education by looking at a graduate program over the winter.

While Carver pursues his dreams, the Gary Sinise Foundation said it was an honor to build him a custom RISE home to alleviate his daily struggles and mobility needs in the home.

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