Natural Stone Institute Completes 29th Home with Gary Sinise Foundation

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Oberlin, OH, July 22, 2020—The Natural Stone Institute has provided natural stone and fabrication services for another home through the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment). The R.I.S.E. program builds specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans and first responders. To date, Natural Stone Institute members have been involved in twenty-nine completed homes.

Natural stone and fabrication services for US Army Staff Sergeant Rico Roman and his family were provided by Northern Stone Supply, Bedrosians, Columbia Stone, and Natural Stone Designs.

Rico joined the US Army in 2001. He began as a gunner and in 2006 became a squad leader. He carried the responsibility of leading two teams. While on his fourth deployment on February 22, 2007, Rico’s vehicle was blasted by an improvised explosive device during a convoy mission I Iraq. He remembers thinking, “I’m not walking out of this.” He was flown to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he endured extensive surgeries on both legs and was confined to a hospital bed for three months.

While the doctors were able to save Rico’s legs, he remained in unbearable pain through therapy for the following year. He eventually made the decision to have his left leg amputated above the knee. He still suffers immense pain in his right leg but is hopeful that no further damage will occur.

Companies interested in getting involved with future projects are encouraged to contact Pam Hammond at pam@naturalstoneinstitute.org. To learn more, and to see a list of all Natural Stone Institute members who have donated their time, products, and services to this cause, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/RISE.



About the Natural Stone Institute

The Natural Stone Institute is a trade association representing every aspect of the natural stone industry. The current membership exceeds 2,000 members in over 50 nations. The association offers a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development opportunities, regulatory advocacy, and networking events. Two prominent publications—the Dimension Stone Design Manual and Building Stone Magazine—raise awareness within the natural stone industry and in the design community for best practices and uses of natural stone. Learn more at www.naturalstoneinstitute.org.


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