U.S. veteran honored with new home

Rebuilding Together house

TAMPA, Fla. – On March 8 at 10 a.m., U.S. National Guard and Army veteran Waldemar Alameda will accept the keys to a brand new home located in Tampa, Fla. The home presentation comes through a partnership between Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay, NextGen Home Experience and Sears Holdings Corporation Heroes at Home.

The 2800 square foot home was built with numerous eco-friendly and energy efficient building materials and special features. It was designed by NextGen and built by Champion Home Builders, Inc., one of the nation’s largest modular homebuilders allowing owners to design and customize a green house that can often be built and installed in less than 90 days.

The home was donated by NextGen Home Experience and Sears Holding Corporation’ Heroes at Home to Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay, a nonprofit organization that provides home repair services to low income families, the elderly, military veterans and their families, and persons with disabilities in the Tampa Bay area.

“Our involvement in this project brings joy and pride to a lot of people in this community,” said Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay’s executive director, Jose Garcia. “Rebuilding Together changes the lives of those we serve, and we are all eagerly anticipating the great things to come for the Alameda family.”

Alameda served our country with distinction in multiple tours of Kosovo, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. However, in 2007, he was severely injured by an IED explosion while serving in Tikrit, Iraq. He now suffers from severe leg and back pain, and while he can walk short distances, he uses a wheel chair most of the time. In addition, he is diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and mild post traumatic stress disorder.

Consequently, the Alameda home has been customized for Waldemar and features a modular ramp for wheelchair access as well a lifts and a specialized chair to help Alameda get from the bedroom to the bathroom. In addition, a chair lift will help him access the second floor, and he will be able to access various elements of the kitchen with ease, including a vertical rolling shelving system so nothing is ever out of reach.

But these are just a few of the many customized features provided for Alameda, age 40, and his wife, Wanda, who moved to Tampa so he could be treated at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center. The home also includes numerous “green” and sustainable elements to maximize water and energy efficiency and the use of recyclable materials, as well as healthy choices for clean air, and anti-fungal, anti-mildew, anti-mold and anti-bacterial surfaces and materials.

With his supportive wife and children, Mr. Alameda is looking forward to the future and having a permanent home in Tampa.

About Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing extensive rehabilitation and modification services to those in need at no cost to those served. With the help of everyday citizen volunteers, skilled trades people, the support of local business and major corporate partners, Rebuilding Together affiliates in America’s largest cities and smallest towns make life considerably better for thousands of low-income homeowners and the communities in which they live by completing 10,000 projects per year. Rebuilding Together has programs dedicated to, energy efficiency, veteran’s housing, aging in place and gulf coast reconstruction. For more information, visit www.RebuildingTogether.org. You can also follow Rebuilding Together on Twitter@rebldgtogthr or become a fan on Facebook at Facebook.com/RebuildingTogether.

About Sears Holdings Corporation Heroes at Home
Heroes at Home is a program Sears Holdings has created in partnership with Rebuilding Together in response to an urgent need to assist military families facing hardship. Rebuilding Together, the nation’s largest all-volunteer home rehabilitation organization, is committed to bringing warmth, safety and accessibility to homeowners who do not have the financial or physical resources to complete home repairs and other necessary improvements. By providing necessary repairs or adaptations to homes, Sears Holdings strives to improve the lives of military families across America.

About the NextGen Home Experience
The NextGen Home Experience is produced by iShow.com, located in Bellevue, WA. For nine years, the NextGen Home Experience has been the place to find the "Next” in Next Generation products and services for the American Home at major trade events, online at www.nextgenhome.com, in print and on television.

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