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SPC Rob Kislow III, severely injured in Afghanistan, now has a new home thanks to "Homes For Our Troops" with help from HomerWood® Premium Hardwood Flooring.

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HomerWood is known for authentic Character floors, 100% made in America. We're pleased to be able to give back to our veterans who’s own strength of character have given so much to all of us.

SPC Rob Kislow III was severely injured in Afghanistan, and now he has a wheelchair accessible home in Pennsylvania, thanks to "Homes For Our Troops" with help from HomerWood® Premium Hardwood Flooring.

While on combat patrols in Afghanistan near the Pakistan border, SPC Rob Kislow III and his team were on a mission to search out aggressive Taliban forces. Attacked by a large unit, SPC Kislow received five gunshots to his body causing multiple serious injuries. These included Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as well as damage to his leg so severe that it eventually had to be amputated after hospitalization.

Kislow first returned home to a house in Danielsville, PA with narrow hallways and too high counters making it more difficult for him to get around. On more than one occasion, according to Kislow, his house sent him back to the hospital when a fall injured him as well as damaged his prosthetics.

His new home, just completed at the end of 2011, is wheelchair accessible and features an open layout, wheelchair friendly bathroom and beautiful, durable HomerWood hardwood floors. The home provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently after returning injured from service.

As a major contributor to the project, HomerWood Premium Hardwood Flooring donated more than 2700 feet of White Oak hardwood flooring. For well over a quarter of a century, HomerWood has been a leader and a trusted source for true Traditional Character™ flooring, crafted from the entire tree. Every HomerWood floor is nurtured by a passionate team that combines personal attention with state-of-the-art technology and just plain, old-fashioned craftsmanship.

“Simple changes can make all the difference in the spaces we live in every day, and having the right floor surface, whether it’s to enhance your home’s style, value or just improve your lifestyle, is important,” said Kathy Barker, Director of Operations, HomerWood. “Things like the thickness of the flooring become very important when you consider that the thresholds need to be a smooth transition, so that an individual in a wheel chair is not hindered every time he/she goes over it,” she said.

“HomerWood is known for our authentic Character floors, 100% made in America, and we are so pleased to be able to give back to our veterans who’s own strength of character have given so much to all of us,” said Barker.

SPC Kislow’s vision of a perfect home was fulfilled when the national nonprofit Homes for Our Troops, which builds homes for seriously injured post 9/11 veterans at no cost to them, gathered hundreds of volunteers and hundreds of thousands in donated supplies and furnishings to work on Kislow's home. The charity has built more than 100 homes for severely injured veterans since 2004.

“’Homes For Our Troops' couldn’t exist without the commitment and supplies provided by our volunteers, like HomerWood. These kinds of donations make it possible for us to help veterans, at no cost to them,” said John Gonsalves, President and Founder, Homes For Our Troops.

In a whirlwind three days, a build brigade descended on the property and throw up the roof, doors and windows, creating a weather tight shell, Kislow said. In the following months, the interior work was completed and the Kislow family moved into their new home at the end of 2011.

Today, Kislow is focused on helping other veterans. He's earned an automotive technology degree at Northampton Community College and is working on finishing two others. For more information on "Homes For Our Troops," visit http://www.homesforourtroops.org. For more information on HomerWood, please visit http://www.homerwood.com.

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