For nearly eight months, members of the community have been joining forces to improve the home of a local Army veteran. Wilhelm Construction was part of the effort through the Wilhelm ACTS program.
Wilhelm Actively Contributing Through Service (ACTS) is part of the company-wide commitment to the Wilhelm Community Outreach Program, which coordinates and encourages community-focused activities for employees. Wilhelm ACTS specifically assists men and women who have served in the Armed Forces by providing home modification services to those in need.
Sergeant Brandon Pugh, of Martinsville, Indiana, joined the Army right after high school and was deployed from 2009 to 2010. After he returned from Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan, he married Shawna Hamilton. Brandon and Shawna had a baby boy in February 2012. Unfortunately, Shawna had difficulties after childbirth and passed away in April 2012.
Brandon suffered injuries in Afghanistan leaving him with disabilities. He has been receiving medical treatments at the Ft. Knox Warrior Transition Unit. While he was away, his parents started a home renovation project with the help of Wish For Our Heroes.
“Wish For Our Heroes is a non-profit organization established to help our military who make many sacrifices to ensure our freedom and safety,” says Ann Mayer with Wish For Our Heroes.
Wish For Our Heroes launched a joint effort with community members and businesses, including Wilhelm Construction, to rebuild Brandon’s home and provide a fresh start for both him and his son. In conjunction with Wish For Our Heroes, the ML Motorsports team and Governor Mitch Daniels presented $1,000 in funds to go towards the purchase of construction materials for Brandon’s home.
“We have found that there are people out there that have truly been touched by Brandon’s story and just want to help out in some way, shape or form. All the volunteers and organizations have been a blessing to us,” says Deanna Pugh, Brandon’s mother.
Since June 2012, nearly 100 volunteers have gathered at Brandon’s home to join in the construction effort, which included everything from demolition and framing to roofing and drywall.
“We truly appreciate everyone and every company that has, in one way or another, helped us out on this house,” says Pugh. “God has truly blessed our family.”
Brandon is now back in Indiana with the Community Based Warrior Transition Unit (CBWTU). “He goes to work every day at a local armory and attends his medical appointments,” explains Pugh. “We have a long road ahead of ourselves, but we see positive improvements every day.”
If you are interested in helping, an account has been set up in Brandon Pugh’s name at myregistry.com where you will find a list of items to help turn his new house into a home (Brandon’s site). You can also contact Debbie Gee with Wilhelm Construction at email@example.com to learn about other ways to get involved and a make donation.
The Pugh family would like to extend their thanks to the other volunteers and organizations that have also helped in this effort:
All Seasons – Bob Davis
Cline Doors and Windows
Doug’s Welding and Gate Shop
Gillman’s Home Center and Rental
ML Motorsports Team
Poynter Sheet Metal
Ronnie Willson Drywaller
Selena’s Hair Salon
The Cabinet Shop
UA Local 440 – Herman Williams
Union Savings Bank – Mrs. Lamothe
Wish For Our Heroes: Wish For Our Heroes survives solely on volunteers, in-kind donations and monetary donations. If you are interested in getting involved and ‘helping grant wishes one hero at a time,’ please contact Ann Mayer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317.877.5249. You can also donate directly for Brandon Pugh’s wish.