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April 23, 2010
James Hardie® assists family of wounded vet with product donations to Homes for Our Troops organization
April 23, 2010 James Hardie Building Products Inc. (NYSE: JHX) recently donated a complete exterior siding system to be used by Homes for Our Troops, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing for returned veterans with special needs. The products will be used for Marine Lance Corporal (LCpl) Kade Hinkhouse's new house, located in Elizabeth, CO. The donation includes HardiePlank® Lap Siding, HardieTrim® Boards, HardieSoffit® Panels and HardieWrap™ weather barrier.
Home for Our Troops has organized the donation of a house to LCpl Hinkhouse, who was on patrol in Ramadi, Iraq, when the Humvee he was riding in was destroyed by an improvised explosive device (IED) hidden in the road. From this incident, Hinkhouse's right leg required amputation. He spent more than a year and a half recovering from cranial plastic surgery to repair his skull and endured countless hours of rehabilitation. Hinkhouse eventually recovered enough to move with his wife to a small first floor apartment in Colorado to be near family; however, his injuries left him with limited control of his hands and forced him to rely on a wheelchair for mobility.
The organization is hosting a three-day "Build Brigade," starting Friday, April 30 – Sunday, May 2, which will be attended by hundreds of volunteers and professionals and is made possible by the support from a number of generous individuals, foundations and corporations. "I found out about the project through the builder, Aaron Lovelace," said Chad Tennant, business development representative at James Hardie. "He asked if I would be interested in helping out, and after hearing the sacrifices that Kade has made for our country, James Hardie is proud to be a part of this project."
Not only do the donated James Hardie products come with the standard 30-year limited, transferrable warranty, the siding also incorporates the company's proprietary ColorPlus® Technology. The baked-on factory finish is backed by a 15-year warranty, meaning that the family will not have to worry about repainting. The entire siding solution will give the family a durable, low-maintenance exterior that will continue to provide superior performance.
To learn more about the Hinkhouse's, visit: www.homesforourtroops.org/hinkhouse.
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About Homes for Our Troops
Homes for Our Troops mission is to build specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. All specially adapted homes are built at no cost to the veteran thanks to donations from thousands of individuals, foundation grants, corporate sponsors, professional tradespeople and generous support from countless volunteers.
Homes for Our Troops projects are made possible with support from generous individuals, foundations and corporate contributors like Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, Mastic Home Exteriors, DaVinci Roofscapes, Fypon Inc, Hy-Lite/US Glass Block, Phil Mickelson's Birdies for the Brave, PGA Tour Charities, Singer Billy Joel, the Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation and SeeHere.com – Fujifilm's online photo printing, sharing, storage and gifting website. SeeHere.com generates awareness for the cause and provides a way for its customers to help through its "Home of the Free" campaign. SeeHere.com donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of all travel mugs, tote bags and hooded sweatshirts, including those designed with the Homes for Our Troops logo, to the organization.
An eligible Veteran or service member may receive a Veterans Administration Specially Adapted Housing Grant up to a maximum amount of $63,780. Homes for Our Troops' assistance covers all costs over and above this grant and works closely with the VA to ensure that when our resources are combined, the home is provided at no cost to the recipient.
Homes for Our Troops is proud to be listed in the American Institute of Philanthropy's top rated Veterans & Military Charities where it enjoys an A rating. It has received a Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator. Homes for Our Troops is a member of the National Association of Home Builders and the US Green Building Council.