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June 7, 2022 | In the Community

Union Members Help Veteran Continue Long Road Home

Photo credit Welliver Construction

The Brotherhood is once again honoring and helping a wounded military service member live a more comfortable life by partnering with Jared Allen’s Homes For Wounded Warriors to build a home in Bath, New York.

On June 7th, Jared Allen’s Homes For Wounded Warriors and their partners at the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters and general contractor, Welliver hosted a “Frame Signing” celebration at the future mortgage-free, injury specific accessible home in Bath, NY being built for local wounded war veteran and current officer at Villas of Canisteo Police Department, SSG Brent Nadjadi.

SSG Nadjadi was critically wounded while deployed in Afghanistan in 2010 during a mission to conduct route clearance operations. Despite dozens of limb salvage surgeries, Nadjadi eventually loss of both of his legs. He still maintains his sense of service and a “can’t hold me down” attitude. He serves as a player and a board member of the USA Patriots “America’s Amputee Softball Team,” opened a gym called Project Iron with his twin brother and also serves his community as an officer for the Village of Canisteo Police Department.

“Apprentices from the North Atlantic States Carpenters Training Fund are working on a weekly basis with union general contractor Welliver Construction to build a new adaptive home for Nadjadi and his children in his hometown. Supplemented by journey level carpenters in the area, they ramped up work once the ground thawed. As union carpenters, we learn early that community service is an important and enriching experience, especially for our apprentices,” said James Mason, Local 277 Business Manager. “But to be able to do something for Staff Sergeant Nadjadi and his family is really an honor and a privilege. He’s given so much for our country and is still so positive about life and what he can do for others.”

His new home is 100-percent accessible and tailored specifically to accommodate SSG Nadjadi’s injuries, and includes adaptations making it easier him to live his daily life in the comfort of a home that works for him.

“Everything in the new house is accessible,” Nadjadi said. “I can cook in my wheelchair, I can do laundry, I can do everything I need to right from my wheelchair. From the bottom of my heart, I can’t thank you guys enough, everyone that is involved, friends, family, that came here to be a part of this.”