Jared Allen (center) and EST Engels (left) led the welcome to the Hendersons in their new home.
Carpenters & Jared Allen Foundation Team to Customize Home for Wounded Veteran
Combat-wounded Navy Corpsman Thomas Henderson, and his young family, recently moved-in to a mortgage-free, 100-percent handicapped-accessible home in Forney, Texas. Being presented with the keys to the four-bedroom home was the culminating event of another successful project by Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors (JAH4WW) foundation.
Since its inception in 2009, JAH4WW has completed handicap-accessible homes for eight injured U.S. military veterans and is in the process of building several more across the country in 2017. For the Forney, Texas project, JAH4WW teamed up with the Central South Carpenters Regional Council (CSCRC) to purchase and remodel the home so that it would suit the unique needs of Henderson, his fiancée, Ashtian, and their toddler son, Rowan.
JAH4WW founder and former pro football star, Jared Allen, personally handed the keys to Corpsman Henderson. Allen was joined by Jason Engels, CSCRC Executive Secretary-Treasurer at the key ceremony and final walk-through of the home with Corpsman Henderson.
Greater Dallas Construction handled general contracting services and East Star Design supplied the architectural services to transform the home. Construction work began in late December 2016. Features of the home now include:
“We are proud to be associated with this project, and are honored to help Corpsman Henderson attain the maximum potential for a great quality of life in a safe, supportive environment,” Engels said.
Carpenter leaders played a key role in getting the home completed.
Corpsman Henderson’s Journey
With just a short time left on his tour of Afghanistan in 2010, Corpsman Henderson accepted a volunteer assignment with 3/6 Lima Company after one of their Corpsmen was injured by sniper fire. On July 4, 2010 – a week before his 21st birthday – Henderson was struck by 45 pounds of homemade explosives due to a remote detonated IED blast while on a routine Security Patrol.
Corpsman Henderson sustained critical injuries in the explosion, including the loss of his right leg above the knee, nerve damage along the left side of his body, major loss of motor function in his left arm and hand, and moderate traumatic brain injury. His injuries left him hospitalized for three months. He spent the next two years undergoing extensive physical therapy and a total of 37 surgeries.
Today, Corpsman Henderson is working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering, with aspirations to get a Master’s Degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics devices so that he may continue to help individuals throughout his life.
To learn more about the JAH4WW, please visit www.HomesForWoundedWarriors.com.
To view a photo album of the key ceremony, please click here.