Portage store owner helping disabled veterans one bathroom at a time
PORTAGE, MI – Caring for those who have served in the military is both a personal and a community responsibility, said Frank Mumford.
This belief led Mumford, owner of SIR Home Improvements in Portage, to sponsor the Baths for the brave initiative, in which a disabled veteran is selected twice a year, on Remembrance and Veterans Day, to receive a free makeover, designed to increase his independence, a press release from his company said.
“I wanted to do something for our veterans in honor of my father who served as a navy in World War II,” Mumford said in a statement. “Over the years, we have worked with a large number of people with disabilities to help them maintain their independence at home by installing walk-in showers and walk-in baths.
“I know from personal experience how life-changing this can be for someone who might otherwise be faced with a move to assisted living. “
The Mumford-based company is one of 10 home improvement companies across the United States that have come together to improve the lives of veterans and thank them for their service, according to the Baths for the Brave website.
On Veterans Day 2020, Sgt. James Hurley, an Iraq War veteran from Van Buren County, became the first region veteran selected by SIR Home Improvements under the program. The Hurley walk-in shower will be installed on February 5, according to the statement.
Hurley made national news after returning from the Iraq war in 2005 only to discover that his bank had illegally seized his house and sold it, resulting in a federal lawsuit that lasted seven years.
In addition to making headlines locally and across the country, his trial and struggles were documented in a book, “A Soldier’s Home: United States Servicemembers vs. Wall Street ”, written by Matthew Cooper.
SIR Home Improvements of Portage is now looking for another beneficiary who is having difficulty entering and exiting a traditional bathtub safely, either because he is in a wheelchair, he needs ‘a cane or a walker to get around, or because he faces another physical challenge that makes Independence at home difficult to maintain.
Veterans, or their friends and family, can nominate a Veteran in need of this program by visiting www.baths4thebrave.com. For more information about the program, call 800-747-4633.
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