Shelby, OH 44875
GARY SINISE FOUNDATION HOLDS “WALLS OF HONOR” EVENT
FOR UNITED STATES ARMY CAPTAIN NICK VOGT (RET.)
ON JANUARY 15th IN SHELBY, OHIO
When: Monday, January 15, 2018
10:00 a.m. (sharp) with a 45-minute event.
* U.S. Army Captain Vogt and family will be available for interviews following the event.
Where: Parking across the street at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church:
5742 State Road 61, Shelby, OH 44875
What: Gary Sinise Foundation will host a “Walls of Honor” event where veterans, community leaders, family, and friends are invited to write inspirational and personal messages of gratitude on the walls of the new specially adapted smart home currently under construction for United States Army Captain Nick Vogt (Ret.) and his family.
Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), along with our donors, Knights of Columbus, The Home Depot Foundation and Semper Fi Fund, as well as our building partners, including Shubert Design Furniture, Core Brands, National Wood Flooring Association, National Tile Contractors Association, GE, Sunbelt Rentals, Benjamin Moore, National Association of Home Builders, North American Van Lines, MAPEI, Broan-NuTone, American Airlines, Owens Corning, Crossville Tile, Natural Stone Institute, Dentons, and James P. Finnegan Construction, Inc., will join the greater Shelby, Ohio community in this “Walls of Honor” event.
Who: United States Army CPT Nick Vogt grew up in a small Catholic community in North Central Ohio and is the oldest of five siblings. At a very young age, Nick knew he wanted to join the military. He was accepted into West Point in 2006 where he began his formal military training.
During his deployment to Afghanistan in 2011, Nick served as a Platoon Leader. On November 12, 2011, he and his team were on foot patrol when they discovered a weapons cache. While investigating, Nick stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) which exploded upon impact. He was immediately rushed to Kandahar, Afghanistan for treatment and was later transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for extensive surgeries.
Nick lost both legs above the knee, suffered severe brain injury, and was diagnosed with a seizure disorder. His recovery was extremely difficult with many complications preventing him from being in a wheelchair or adapting to prosthetics. He became frustrated with his new way of life.
A turning point came in June 2013 when Nick met his nurse, Lauren. They fell in love and married. Nick and Lauren currently reside in a Crestline, Ohio. They welcomed their first baby, Nathan, in February 2017. The Gary Sinise Foundation is proudly building them a specially adapted smart home, so Nick can have the accessibility he needs to be independent.
Why: The simple tasks of everyday life — climbing stairs, reaching a high shelf, getting in and out of the bathroom — are easy to take for granted. Because these tasks are done without a second thought, it’s impossible to imagine an inability to perform them. But that’s often the reality for our severely wounded heroes, where basic tasks are impossible obstacles and the enduring ambition of rehabilitation is to achieve a semblance of normalcy. Under its R.I.S.E. program, the Gary Sinise Foundation is building specially adapted smart homes for our nation’s most severely wounded veterans and first responders. We are constructing these one-of-a-kind homes all across the country, each for a wounded hero, their caregivers, and families. With a place to truly call home, they will now be able to move forward with their lives.
Prior Dedication Ceremony Videos of Completed Specially Adapted Smart Homes:
Alan Babin Dedication: https://youtu.be/5NIy17AQCfE
Michael Frazier Dedication: https://youtu.be/yAxsvT2lNu4
Luis Avila Dedication: https://youtu.be/yJ9E-k4oxJ0
Cedric King Dedication: https://youtu.be/8bjehcePyvA
About the Gary Sinise Foundation:
The Gary Sinise Foundation honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. Through its R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), specially adapted smart homes are being constructed for severely wounded veterans and first responders nationwide. Each one-of-a-kind home is customized to ease the everyday burdens of a wounded hero, their family, and caregivers. Other programs include Relief & Resiliency Outreach, Invincible Spirit Festivals, Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band, Arts & Entertainment Outreach, Serving Heroes, and First Responders Outreach. Soaring Valor is sending WWII veterans to The National WWII Museum and documenting their first-hand accounts of the war. Its newest program, Snowball Express serves children of our fallen heroes and Gold Star families. For more information, please visit GarySiniseFoundation.org.