Owens Corning continued its support of the Gary Sinise Foundation by donating all of the fiberglass insulation for a Vista, Calif., home designed around the needs of wounded veteran and retired U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel “Doc” Jacobs, a hospital corpsman. With the final reveal on Thursday, the specially adapted, 100 percent mortgage-free smart home was built by the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence, Supporting Empowerment) Program. Doc was severely injured in an IED explosion in Iraq in 2006, leaving him with one amputated leg and multiple injuries. He now faces recovery from yet another major ankle surgery.
Owens Corning donated more than 8,000 square feet of its newly launched PINK Next Gen Fiberglas insulation. Used throughout the home, the insulation features improved indoor comfort, energy efficiency and sound reduction. With advanced fiber technology, PINK Next Gen Fiberglas insulation has a texture as soft as cotton, safe ingredients and no harsh chemicals or fire retardants added.
“We’re honored to help make life better for a wounded veteran benefiting from the Gary Sinise Foundation with a more comfortable, adapted home to help his healing process,” says Joe Wagner, Insulation marketing director, Owens Corning.
“Led by Founder and Chairman Gary Sinise’s lifelong service and commitment to veterans, the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program provides specially adapted smart homes to our nation’s most severely wounded veterans, first responders, and their families,” says Scott Schaeperkoetter, director of operations for the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E program. “We are incredibly grateful for the partnership and generous support Owens Corning has provided to the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program. It is partnerships like theirs that make R.I.S.E. homes like Doc’s possible. We wish Doc a lifetime of blessings and happiness in his new forever home.”
The process from start to finish followed award-winning actor Sinise’s mantra of encouragement to his fellow Americans to honor the sacrifices of the nation’s wounded heroes: “While we can never do enough to show gratitude to our nation’s defenders, we can always do a little more.”