Operation Ward 57 Awarded Grant From The Home Depot Foundation

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The Home Depot Foundation Awards Grant To Modify Wounded Warriors Home

Seattle/Tacoma-based organization, OPERATION WARD 57, has been selected as a 2014 Community Impact Grant recipient through The Home Depot Foundation. The $5,000 grant, along with services provided by The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force called Team Depot, will provide critical home repairs and maintenance for Army Staff Sgt. Sam Shockley, a wounded warrior who was critically injured when he stepped on an improvised explosive device while clearing roads for a personnel carrier in Afghanistan in 2013. The then 25-year-old lost parts of both of his legs and three fingers on his right hand.

Operation Ward 57 and its volunteers are incredibly proud and honored to have also partnered with Ken Frunz of Chinook Northwest, a Tacoma-based construction company, for the opportunity to assist this military family in need and provided a safe and accessible home in which to live.

Shockley, who is set to medically retire in December, will be returning with his wife to the Tacoma area after spending more than a year and a half recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The much needed home repairs will make the transitional home and property more handicap accessible so that Shockley has a space to accommodate his needs while he waits for a brand new home to be built in the next couple years by Homes for Our Troops (HFOT), a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides specially adapted, mortgage-free homes to severely wounded service members.

"We are grateful for The Home Depot Foundation's support and appreciate their dedication to assisting Veterans and their families at such a critical point in their lives," said Operation Ward 57’s Executive Director, Brittney Hamilton. “We are honored to be able to assist Sam and his wife Emely as they start this new phase in their life. It’s critical for Sam to be able to live in a home that allows him to maintain and live a healthy and independent lifestyle.

Operation Ward 57, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, was founded in 2007. The nonprofit is supported by volunteers and through contributions from individuals across the country. EIN# 61-1521946

Operation Ward 57’s mission is to support wounded, injured and ill service members, veterans, their caregivers and those that aid in their recovery by providing assistance and outreach in their recovery, comfort and morale, and through advocacy, education and promotion of their circumstances.

Since the first The Home Depot store opened in 1979, giving back has been a core value for the Company and a passion for its associates. Today, The Home Depot, in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, focuses its philanthropic efforts on improving the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families and aiding communities affected by natural disasters. Through Team Depot, the Company’s associate-led volunteer force, thousands of associates dedicate their time and talents to these efforts in the communities where they live and work.

Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $82 million to provide safe housing to veterans, and along with the help of Team Depot volunteers, has transformed more than 13,000 homes for veterans. To learn more and see Team Depot in action, visit http://www.homedepotfoundation.org.

Chinook Northwest is a full service construction company. Owner, Ken Frunz has 30 years’ experience in the building industry including both commercial and residential.

Media Contact:         
Brittney Hamilton, Executive Director, 206-713-1363, BRITTNEY(at)OPERATIONWARD57(dot)ORG

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