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    After more than 75 surgeries and nearly four years of hospital care, Army Sergeant Joel Tavera was welcomed into his brand new home in Tampa, Fla. at a new home celebration thrown for him and his family on November 19. More than 1,000 people joined together to honor this American hero.

    The Tavera home was built through the kind and generous help of many companies and individuals. Energy Air, Inc. provided heating and air conditioning equipment and labor and has been working alongside other contractors and suppliers with Building Homes for Heroes to provide this new home for Tavera, who was severely injured in 2008 when the Humvee he was riding in Iraq was hit by five rockets.

    The force from the rockets and explosives fractured Joel’s skull, and he suffered third degree burns over 60% of his body. He sustained many injuries including losing his eyesight. At the time, his parents were told he was the second most severely injured soldier to survive since the war in Iraq began. His new four bedroom, four bath home broke ground on March 25, 2011, the day after Tavera turned 24. It was built with special modifications in a beautiful gated community.

    Next up for Building Homes for Heroes is a new home in Orlando, Fla. for B.J. Jackson and his family including wife, Abby, and six young children. The Energy Air team is excited to get kicked off on this next home and is honored to be a part of the Building Homes for Heroes projects.

    Army Specialist B.J. Jackson lost both legs below the knee and suffered severe burns on his arms, legs and back, and flash burns on his face and head, when his vehicle triggered a roadside bomb and was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in Baghdad. The soldiers were besieged by Iraqis firing AK-47s, and BJ was trapped in the burning wreckage. He spent nearly 50 days in the post burn unit.

    These extraordinarily courageous young men and their families are a few of the fortunate and deserving that benefit from the services of Building Homes for Heroes, a non-profit organization that’s mission is to provide individuals, corporations and others with an opportunity to help severely wounded and disabled veterans and their families rebuild their lives. For more information about Building Homes for Heroes, visit www.buildinghomesforheroes.org.

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