The Mission Goes On: GMC Continues To Help Building For America’s Bravest
If you had to describe U.S. Marine Corporal Todd Love and U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Stephen Valyou in a single word, “limitless” would be a great place to start. Not only do these two men test their limits as avid skydivers, but each gave their all while serving our country in the armed forces.
Unfortunately, both Love and Valyou – like too many men and women who are severely injured in the line of duty – find themselves facing new challenges since they returned from active duty. A home should be a peaceful refuge, but when living in a space that was never built for their physical circumstances, even basic tasks like cooking a meal or answering the doorbell can feel like a battle. As Love said, “If it’s not set up just right for the individual, then there’s a lot of room for error and people can get hurt.”
After everything these men and women have been through, this shouldn’t be the case. At GMC, we’re helping to solve this challenge.
We introduced you to Building for America’s Bravest, a proud program of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, that focuses on building Smart Homes specifically tailored to the exact needs of eligible injured service members. We partnered with the organization to not only support its ongoing construction projects, but to help drive awareness for such a worthy cause. For Military Appreciation Month, GMC enlisted Josh Duhamel and a professional skydive team to bring wider awareness to the more than 200 severely injured service members currently waiting for Smart Homes. And you can join them. Take the leap in 360-degree virtual reality with Love and Valyou at facebook.com/gmc to experience for yourself the freedom and opportunity each personalized home provides.
Additionally, we’re going beyond messages of support; we’re putting our dollars to work. Since the program’s inception, Building for America’s Bravest has delivered, started construction or is currently in the design stage of a total of 46 Smart Homes, including the home that was built for U.S. Marine Sergeant Ben Tomlinson. As Tomlinson recently told Duhamel and GMC, “Living in this house has made my outlook on life more positive, and I know the impact on my family has been as big, if not bigger than it has been for me. I get told all the time that I’m a hero, but to me, the people from Building for America’s Bravest are the real heroes because they’re helping to improve people’s lives. I’m grateful to GMC for supporting their work.”
While Building for America’s Bravest continues to build Smart Homes, the waiting list continues to grow. We need your help, not just to spread the word, but to give your support. Please consider donating to Building for America’s Bravest and help to “enlist to unlist” these heroes.
Please donate today at ourbravest.org/enlistme.