According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 5.5 million U.S. veterans are living with a disability; many facing everyday challenges such as bathing. This Veterans Day, Tundraland Home Improvements, a Wisconsin-based home remodeling company that specializes in baths, replacement windows and decks, is leading an initiative that brings together 10 home improvement companies from across the country on an initiative called Baths for the Brave. This one-day special event is planned for Wednesday, Nov. 8, and will provide 10 veterans from across the country, including Norman Bodway from Appleton, Wisconsin, with a brand-new tub or shower system to help improve the lives of those who sacrificed so much for our country.
Bodway is a retired U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. He was awarded a Bronze Star by the U.S. military for his many acts of bravery during that time including saving the life of a fellow marine whose arm was severed during combat.
“I am incredibly appreciative to Tundraland and the whole Baths for the Brave team,” Bodway said. “To know that my sacrifices have not gone unnoticed and have not been forgotten, and that my wife and I can bath without fear of injury or fear of losing our independence in our own home, is truly a relief.”
“No one should have to worry about falling in their own tub or shower, especially our country’s heroes, which is why we are setting out to tell the stories and change the lives of veterans throughout the country,” Brian Gottlieb, president and owner of Tundraland Home Improvements and founder of Baths for the Brave, said.
Baths for the Brave stemmed from a similar initiative Gottlieb and his team at Tundraland created called Tundraland Cares. Through Tundraland Cares, Gottlieb has provided veterans in need and deserving families with remodeled bathrooms, standing wheelchairs and family vacations to Disney World, all free of charge.
“Giving back is a fundamental way of life for us at Tundraland,” Gottlieb said. “It’s more than what we do; it’s who we are. Our whole team is on board and passionate about it, so growing this program nationwide and leading the charge was something we were all very excited about. We’re thankful our partnering home improvement companies have similar values. Our hope is this initiative continues to grow so we may serve even more veterans in the years to come.”
Additional participating companies include: Alenco Home Improvement; Lenexa, Kan., Brytons Home Improvement; Winterville, N.C., Fairbanks Construction; Ocala, Fla., Hullco; Chattanooga, Tenn., MaxHome; New Orleans, La., NEWPRO Home Improvement; Woburn, Mass., Reborn Cabinets Inc.; Anaheim, Calif., Tiger Bath Solutions; Bolingbrook, Ill., West Shore; Mechanicsburg, Pa.
“The other really awesome thing about Baths for the Brave is that these remodels are happening simultaneously across the country with all of the participating companies capturing parts of the installs in real time via Facebook Live so the public can follow along with our veterans and their stories,” Gottlieb said.
For more information on Baths for the Brave; including additional veteran stories from across the country; why each company wanted to get involved; and how you can follow this special event, please visit www.bathsforthebrave.com.