NTCA participates in Gary Sinise Foundation groundbreaking ceremony of specially adapted smart home for USMC Sgt. Michael Frazier
On September 23, NTCA participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for a specially adapted custom smart home that is being built by the Gary Sinise Foundation through its R.I.S.E (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program (www.GarySiniseFoundation.org) for U.S. Marine Sergeant Michael Frazier (Ret.) in Pittsboro, N.C.
Paige Wadford Smith of NTCA Five Star Contractor Neuse Tile Service, Youngsville, N.C., was on hand to represent NTCA at the ceremony.
“It was an honor to be there to represent NTCA, to meet the Frazier family, and to see the support of the local construction community and so many from the neighborhood,” Smith said. “We look forward to helping Gary Sinise Foundation welcome this courageous couple to our area and to their fantastic new home.”
These specially adapted smart homes are built through the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program, with support from many donors across the country. These include Dr. Hans-Peter Wild, The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and The Home Depot Foundation, together with building partners that include Shubert Design Furniture, Core Brands, National Wood Flooring Association, National Tile Contractors Association, GE, Sunbelt Rentals, Benjamin Moore, National Association of Home Builders, James Hardie, North American Van Lines, MAPEI, Crossville, Inc., Broan NuTone, American Airlines, BrightView, and Hearthstone Luxury Homes, an independently owned and operated franchise of Arthur Rutenberg Homes. These partners joined the greater Triangle community to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony for a specially adapted custom smart home for USMC Sgt. Frazier.
Sgt. Frazier grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa. After the attacks on 9/11, he felt a sense of duty and enlisted in the Marines in 2005. He served seven years with three combat deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. While on patrol in 2011 in Helmand Province, he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast took both of his legs and much of the use of his right arm.
During his recovery at Walter Reed National Medical Center, Sgt. Frazier met his wife Monica, who worked as a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman. They were married in 2012. Michael retired from the Marines two months later, and Monica gave birth to their daughter Sophia. They are expecting their second child soon. The couple looks forward to settling down in North Carolina and is grateful to be receiving a specially adapted custom smart home through the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program.
These specially adapted smart homes (51 that are underway or completed) make the simple tasks of everyday life – climbing stairs, reaching a high shelf, getting in and out of the bathroom – more accessible for Sgt. Frazier and other severely wounded veterans. These one-of-a-kind, mortgage-free homes are being built nationwide, each for a wounded hero, their caregivers and families. With a place to truly call home, they will now be able to move forward with their lives.