Press Room | 2013
April 2, 2013
|HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS VOLUNTEER DAY FOR CPL TONY MULLIS, HAWKINSVILLE, GA|
LANCASTER, PA, APRIL 2, 2013 – Volunteers finished a brand new home for local veteran Marine Corporal Tony Mullis on April 13, 2013 in Hawkinsville, GA. The home is being built by Homes for Our Troops (HFOT), a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization that builds specially adapted homes for the nation's severely injured veterans.
These projects depend on labor donated by contractors and skilled workers and from donated materials. Armstrong, as the exclusive flooring supplier to HFOT, has provided floors for the Mullis home. Armstrong Distributor partner in the Southeast, William M. Bird, is donating 50% of the cost of the flooring for this home. Local retailers Central Carpet in Macon, GA and Katz Floorcovering in Leesburg, GA also volunteered their services. All houses are built by HFOT at no cost to the veteran through the support of individuals, foundations and corporate contributors.
Volunteer Day is when friends, neighbors and total strangers can help with landscaping, cleaning and miscellaneous chores before the family receives the keys to their new home.
Cpl. Tony Mullis was on his 2nd deployment in Southern Afghanistan when on April 6, 2011, the day after the birth of this first child, a bomb exploded causing him to lose both of his legs and suffer severe injuries to his right arm. Cpl. Mullis was on a mission to clear abandoned compounds and saw wires indicative of an IED (Improvised Explosive Device). He started moving his teammates out of the area and a footstep triggered one of the IEDs…the blast threw Cpl. Mullis into the air before he landed on his back on a pile of rubble. The medic on the scene administered lifesaving measures. Cpl. Mullis was evacuated by helicopter to Camp Leatherneck and then transported to Landstuhl, Germany and three days to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (formerly Bethesda Naval Medical Center), in Bethesda, Maryland. Upon arriving in Bethesda, Cpl. Mullis was met by his wife and newborn son and he began his long road to recovery, which has included seven blood transfusions and more than fifteen surgeries to date.
Cpl. Mullis remains in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he continues to receive treatment and physical therapy. Cpl. Mullis enjoys spending time with his wife, Jeanie, playing with his son, Cason and visiting family and friends. He also enjoys baseball games, hunting and fishing. Currently enrolled in college, Cpl. Mullis hopes to one day work as a game warden in Georgia.
Armstrong products donated through this sponsorship include engineered hardwood and resilient floors that meet universally designed criteria. A portion of sales from a new Armstrong hardwood flooring product, American Scrape™, support Armstrong’s donation of flooring in 2013 to Homes for Our Troops.
The specially adapted homes built by HFOT include many products that help the veterans participate in and enjoy daily life with their families. Each house is designed to provide maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently after returning injured from service.
The efforts of Homes for Our Troops take millions of dollars of ongoing donations to build homes for veterans in need. There are hundreds of service members who will be needing its help from across the country and more coming home each day with life-altering injuries sustained while fighting for our freedom.
For more information on HFOT, visit www.homesforourtroops.org. Consider donating supplies or labor or making a monetary donation. HFOT is one of the highest rated veterans/military charities rated by Charity Navigator, which awarded it with its highest rating of 4 stars for each of the last four years.
For more information on Armstrong flooring, visit www.armstrong.com.
About Armstrong World Industries
Armstrong World Industries, Inc. is a global leader in the design and manufacture of floors and ceilings. Based in Lancaster, Pa., Armstrong operates 34 plants in eight countries and has approximately 8,700 employees worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.armstrong.com/.
About William M. Bird
Since 1865, William M. Bird has been providing customers outstanding products and services across the Southeast. Today, they are proud to distribute the best floor covering in the industry along with offering exceptional customer service, superior logistics, and innovative business solutions. WMBird continues to fulfill its founder’s timeless vision of fostering customers’ success through relationships and reliability.
Michelle Zelman, 717-859-6766