True heroism consists in being superior to the ills of life, in whatever shape they may challenge us to combat.
– Napoleon I (1769-1821) Napoleon Bonaparte, French General
A DAY OF TRUE HEROISM
New Homes & Ideas was extremely honored and proud to be a part of Operation: Coming Home. We were given the opportunity to work with people such as Rich Van Tassel and his team at Royal Oaks, the Triangle Veterans Association, the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County and HelpingAHero.org in building a home for Sgt. Carlos Evans, a true American Hero. Countless others also gave of their time, products and services to help provide Sgt. Evans with a home designed for independent living.
Sgt. Evans voluntarily joined the U.S. Marine Corps, 2nd Division, in 2004 at the age of 24. He stated that as long as he could remember, he had the desire to represent and serve his country. When he joined the USMC, he dedicated himself fully to his work and obtained his rank as Sergeant in less than four years.
Sgt. Evans was on foot patrol when he stepped on an IED (Improvised Explosive Device). The IED resulted in the loss of both of his legs above the knee and his left hand. Supported by the strength of his wife, Rosemarie, and his two young daughters, he came home to his family.
“Operation: Coming Home is entirely dedicated to building homes to honor the sacrifice of our nation’s heroes,” said Rich Van Tassel, member of Operation: Coming Home’s board of directors and president of Royal Oaks Building Group. “Sgt. Carlos Evans’ bravery and the heart he has for his family and country have been a source of inspiration to everyone who has worked on this project. We hope that through this, we can show the tremendous amount of support and thankfulness that our volunteers have for him and all of our veterans.”
Sac·ri·fice - Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.
I feel that Sgt. Evans’ loss goes way beyond the definition of sacrifice. This man spoke nothing of himself or the sacrifices that were made and are obviously seen. This man was simply proud to be given the opportunity to fight for the country he loves and believes in. With the losses that he has experienced, he focuses not on himself but his family and others. With the spoken promises to continue to defend what he believes in and with a commitment to the support of Operation: Coming Home. Evans ended the event by stating “I will forever be grateful and promise to proudly represent you wherever I go.”
The involvement in this particular project is close to my heart, with many family and close friends who, like Carlos, have made the commitment and sacrifice. Some have come home safe and sound, some with injuries or marks unseen by the human eye, and some are still out there fighting. How we all quickly forget about the men and women that are not only fighting for what they believe in, they are fighting for you and me, the future of our sons and daughters, and everyone that is enjoying the freedom that our country offers. This project is a small piece of what we as Americans can do to thank those that risk their lives for US.
In closing, I ask you to show your support and appreciation by contacting Operation: Coming Home. Please help make a difference to a wounded soldier and their family’s lives.