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NWFA Completes 58th home with Gary Sinise Foundation

For Immediate Release

Contact: Anita Howard

Chief Operating Officer

Press Release

NWFA Completes 58th Home with Gary Sinise Foundation

ST. LOUIS, Missouri (November 1, 2021) – The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) has provided flooring for its 58th home in support of the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment). The R.I.S.E. program builds custom, specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans and first responders. The home dedication for United States Army First Sergeant (Ret.) Jarrid “Jay” Collins took place on August 5 in Odessa, FL. Flooring for the project was donated by NWFA member Mannington.

As a Green Beret, Collins deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, and twice to South America. During his 2007 Afghanistan deployment, Collins was hit in the arm, continued fighting, and later helped perform surgery on himself in the field of battle. He returned to full combat operations after just 30 days of recovery. A few months later, he sustained severe injuries to his leg. Collins overcame these injuries to be selected for US Army Special Operations Command, but ultimately had to have his leg amputated due to the severity of his condition. Following his amputation, Collins qualified as a fully deployable Green Beret and served five more years on active duty.

“First Sergeant Collins is a highly-decorated Army Special Forces combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient with more that two decades of service,” says NWFA President and CEO, Michael Martin. “His dedication to serving our country is admirable, as is his commitment to not letting his injuries define his path. We’re honored to partner with Mannington to provide beautiful wood floors for his new home.”

In addition to the 58 homes already completed, NWFA currently is working with its members to source wood flooring for 14 additional R.I.S.E. homes in various stages of planning and construction. Currently, 143 NWFA member companies have donated product, logistics, and installation services in locations throughout the United States, with a total value of more than $5.7 million. A list of all NWFA R.I.S.E. participating companies can be found at http://www.nwfa.org/giving-back.aspx.

To learn more about the program, and how you and/or your company can get involved, contact the NWFA at 800.422.4556, or e-mail them at anita.howard@nwfa.org.

The National Wood Flooring Association is a not-for-profit trade organization, with more than 3,200 member companies world-wide, dedicated to educating consumers, architects, designers, specifiers and builders in the uses and benefits of wood flooring. The NWFA is located at 111 Chesterfield Industrial Boulevard, Chesterfield, MO 63005, and can be contacted at 800.422.4556 (USA & Canada), 636.519.9663 (local and international), or at www.nwfa.org.

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