ALISO VIEJO, Calif., May 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Every Memorial Day is marked with solemn remembrance as we pause to reflect on the sacrifices made by Veterans in the wars fought by this great nation. The Carrington Companies (www.carringtonhc.com) are proud to provide ongoing support to our courageous military service members who have devoted their lives to preserving our country's freedom. Taking care of those who have served and sacrificed while protecting our freedom is an important part of Carrington's core philosophy, as we are deeply committed to improving the lives of our military Veterans.
At The Carrington Companies, our Associates take great pride in providing ongoing support to Veterans. Our Carrington Charitable Foundation (CCF) (carringtoncf.org) proudly honors the sacrifices made by our military members and their families, directly through our Signature Program, Carrington House, and through donations to organizations like the Veterans Airlift Command, which provides free air transportation to wounded Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). CCF's signature program, Carrington House, funds and builds custom adaptive homes across the United States that meet the unique needs of wounded Veterans. All of the money raised by Carrington House is allocated directly toward the construction of these homes. Carrington House currently has two homes in progress: one for U.S. Army Major Scott Smiley and his wife, Tiffany, and their three children, and one for U.S. Army Master Sergeant David Glenn (Ret.) and his wife, Robin, and their two children.
CCF has purchased the land, and construction has started on the future home site of U.S. Army Major Scott Smiley and family. Major Smiley, a Ranger and combat-diver-qualified infantryman, is the Army's first active-duty blind officer, and the first blind company commander. On April 6, 2005, Major Smiley lost the use of both eyes when a suicide bomber blew himself up 30 meters in front of his vehicle. Major Smiley was decorated with the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, was named "Soldier of the Year" in 2007 by The Army Times and was honored with the 2008 ESPY Award as the World's Best Outdoor Athlete. The home for U.S. Army Master Sergeant David Glenn, a retired Special Forces medic, and his family is currently in the planning and design phase in North Carolina. In 2004, Master Sergeant Glenn ran over a large explosive device during his third tour in Afghanistan, leaving him in a coma for a month. He lost his right leg, ring finger, teeth and suffered brain damage. His left leg was amputated a year and half later. The Glenn family is in conversations with architects to discuss their needs, and we expect to break ground for their home site in August. At Carrington, we are proud to support Major Smiley, Master Sergeant Glenn and their families, and look forward to the day we can welcome them into their new homes.
As our nation remembers the service and sacrifice of previous generations, we recognize the men and women serving in uniform today continue an honored tradition of service to our country. Nearly 200,000 of these soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines currently serve the cause of freedom beyond our shores, protecting us far from home, and will not be able to spend this holiday with their loved ones. This Memorial Day, on behalf of The Carrington Companies, we thank our nation's Veterans. We are forever grateful for their dedication and sacrifice.
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