Five-time NFL Pro Bowler Jared Allen and his foundation Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors (JAH4WW), along with their partners at the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC), handed over the keys to a mortgage-free, injury-specific accessible home in Batavia, Illinois, to local wounded Marine veteran Cpl. Kyle Moser and his family on May 10.
Founded in 2009, JAH4WW raises money to build and remodel mortgage-free, 100-percent accessible, injury-specific homes to suit the individual needs of injured U.S. military veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. To date, the foundation has completed 11 custom homes for critically wounded veterans across the country.
The home for Cpl. Moser is a continuation of the strong collaboration between JAH4WW and the UBC nationwide. The foundation is currently building five additional homes across the country with the help of the UBC.
Cpl. Moser and his wife, Alex, have been living in a home not conducive to his needs as an amputee, which only creates additional stress on the family. JAH4WW and its national and local partners alleviated some of that stress for Cpl. Moser and his wife when they presented the keys to the brand new home designed by the couple.
“Our skilled labor force is dedicated to the communities where we live and work,” said Gary Perinar, executive secretary-treasurer of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters (CRCC). “Our hard-working men and women have the utmost respect for all those who serve in our military. Veterans are also a crucial part of our membership, which is another reason why we are so proud to build this home for the Moser family. Across the country, the UBC has been partnering with Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors, and we are proud to be the Chicagoland partner in this important project.”
In 2010, Cpl. Moser joined the U.S. Marines and served in the Echo Company. During that time, he quickly gained a reputation as a hard-working, intelligent and ambitious leader who was always willing to help those around him. On Nov. 22, 2011, while taking part in a Key Leaders Engagement (KLE), and sweeping for Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), he sustained critical injuries including the loss of both legs and injuries to his right hand after stepping on an IED. Despite his life-altering injuries, his determination and positive attitude have not diminished, and Cpl. Moser remains hopeful and positive. However, living in a home that was not suitable to his post-injury needs had made even the simplest everyday tasks extremely challenging.
“This project is a long time coming,” said Allen. “We are so happy to be handing these keys over to Kyle and Alex and to watch as they grow their family in a home that works for Kyle’s injuries—that they can be comfortable in. We know that the community here in Batavia will wrap their arms around them and make them feel welcome.”