Kansas City, MO – Top Master, Inc. of Kansas City and Architectural Granite & Marble (AG&M) of Austin, Texas have joined forces to contribute the kitchen and vanity tops for the new home Homes for our Troops is building for Marine Corporal Justin McLoud. McLoud, deployed with the 3/5 Darkhorse Marines, was on his third deployment when he was left a triple amputee after an IED blast in Sangin, part of the northern Helmand Province of Afghanistan, on December 10, 2010. Periodically taking enemy fire while on foot patrol, McLoud had already moved across a bridge when his teammate began to cross and stepped on a pressure plated IED. The blast caused traumatic amputations of both of McLoud’s legs above the knees and required the amputation of his left arm due to the extent of his injuries.
Homes for our Troops designs, constructs and modifies homes to fit the mobility-impaired lifestyles of severely wounded American veterans. The group has built or remodeled more than 100 homes free of charge. The goal is to provide maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live independently despite injuries.
Though presently living in handicapped housing, the accessibility is still not ideal. Even with ramps instead of stairs and slightly wider doorways, Justin can barely reach the cabinets in the kitchen. Corners throughout the house are at 90 degree angles with a steep turn radius for a wheelchair which has caused the doors to become loose or need to be completely removed because of damage caused by the wheelchair hitting at their edges; the bathrooms are narrow and difficult to use, with sinks that are not roll-under and wheelchair accessible. A specially adapted home from Homes for Our Troops will allow Justin independence in his own home. The MCloud’s new home is being constructed in Festus, Missouri.
“We’re very proud to part of this build for Corporal McLoud. Our soldiers give up many things, to defend the freedoms we Americans hold so dear,” said Michael Combest, Business Development Manager, Top Master Inc.