Operation FINALLY HOME has joined forces with LP Building Products, country star Kix Brooks and American Country Countdown to build six homes for deserving veterans across the country over the next two years. The first home will be built in Las Vegas, Nev., in 2013 for wounded Ft. Campbell soldier Army Cpl. Christopher Bales. The announcement was made to Bales on LP Field in front of thousands of fans during the Tennessee Titans Veterans Day game.
“American Country Countdown and I are proud to support Operation FINALLY HOME and LP Building Products in building homes for veterans who have given so much to our country,” said Kix Brooks. “This is a small way to thank these heroes for their service and sacrifice.”
On May 19, 2010, Bales was on patrol in Afghanistan in a Polaris Quad ATV when he noticed troops from his Platoon heading into an ambush. Seeking to shift the draw of enemy fire, he and his spotter purposely drove into plain sight. Immediately Bales was shot in the lower back, the bullet lodging into his hip. Ten minutes later, a second round entered his left thigh six inches above the knee, destroying all the nerves providing mobility and control to the lower left leg. His sacrifice earned him a Purple Heart.
Prior to his injury, Bales graduated from Ft. Benning, Ga., and was stationed at Ft. Campbell, Ky., in the 3/187 Infantry 3rd Brigade. He served two tours of duty, deployed to Iraq from 2007 to 2008 and redeployed to Afghanistan in 2010. Bales is the father of three sons.
“It is an honor for LP Building Products to be a part of this collaborative effort to provide homes for six of our nation’s veterans,” said Rick Olszewski, executive vice president of specialty products, sales and marketing. “Providing a house for a soldier is much more than constructing a building, it’s about coming together as communities and industries with respect and gratitude to create a home where these soldiers and their families can heal and thrive.”
The Bales home build is scheduled to begin in January 2013 with a projected completion date in January 2014.
Born out of the Bay Area Builders Association Support Our Troops effort, Operation FINALLY HOME was founded by Dan Wallrath in 2005. Daniel Vargas, a retired U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant runs the organization out of New Braunfels, Texas. The program provides custom-made homes to wounded and disabled veterans as well as to widows of the fallen to help them get their lives back on track.
“Providing mortgage-free homes for these wounded heroes enables them to more easily transition from the battlefront to new productive lives back home,” said Dan Vargas, Operation FINALLY HOME executive director.
For more information including ongoing updates on the build, visit FinallyHomeUSA.com or Facebook.com/FinallyHomeUSA. To donate, text OFH to 85944 and reply yes to confirm a $10 gift to help build mortgage free homes for America’s war wounded and the widows of the fallen.