NWFA completes 66th R.I.S.E. home

The RISE programCumberland Furnace, Tenn.—The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) provided flooring for its 66th home in support of the Gary Sinise Foundation’s Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment (RISE) program. The RISE program builds mortgage-free, custom, custom smart homes for critically injured veterans and first responders. The home dedication for United States Army Sergeant (retired) Bryan Anderson was held here on November 9. The floor for the project was donated by NWFA member Somerset.

Sergeant Anderson served two rounds of duty in Iraq and earned his rank in the military police. In October 2005, he was injured by an improvised explosive device that resulted in the loss of both legs and his left hand.

“Sergeant Anderson is one of the few triple amputees to survive his injuries,” said Michael Martin, NWFA president and CEO. “He endured 13 months of rehab with Walter Reed and now serves as a national spokesperson for Quantum Rehab, traveling the country to deliver his message of perseverance and determination at major rehab centers. We are honored to be working with Somerset to provide beautiful wood floors for his new home.”

In addition to the 66 homes already completed, the NWFA said it is currently working with its members to source wood flooring for an additional 16 RISE homes in various stages of planning and construction. According to the company, there are currently 143 NWFA member companies that have donated product, logistics and installation services at locations across the United States, with a total value of more than $5.7 million.

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