Louisville, Ky.-based cabinet storage and organizational accessory manufacturer Rev-A-Shelf is a three-year national sponsor of the nonprofit organization, Homes for Our Troops (HFOT), which builds specially adapted, mortgage-free home nationwide for severely injured Veterans of Post 9/11, to enable them to rebuild their lives.
Rev-A-Shelf works with Home for Our Troops’ veterans and general contractors to furnish all homes with cabinet storage and organization accessories, providing optimal accessibility for veteran home recipients.
This month, Homes for Our Troops and Rev-A-Shelf’s Mid Atlantic Territory Manager, Scott Hills, welcomed Army Sergeant Lyndon Sampang and his family to their new home on August 11, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Army Sergeant Lyndon Sampang grew up in the Philippines before moving to Anchorage, Alaska, as a young adult. Feeling compelled to serve by the September 11 attacks, he joined the Alaska Army National Guard as an Infantryman and deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom to secure the Iraqi-Kuwait border in 2006. In 2008 he went on active duty and deployed to Afghanistan with the 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. During that deployment in Paktika Province, the vehicle SGT Sampang was riding in was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade. He sustained severe injuries to his right leg and shrapnel in his left leg. His right leg was eventually amputated below the knee. Now medically retired, Lyndon works for the government. He also works out at CrossFit with his wife Cindy and enjoys spending time with their two children, Aniyah and Gabriel.
In the years since his injury, Lyndon has become an accomplished adaptive athlete. He hopes to become a certified fitness trainer and offer specialized workout assistance to others with similar injuries. It is when he would return home after a long day of working out, however, that Lyndon faced another set of obstacles. His previous home was located on a hill, making it difficult for him to do outdoor activities with his children, plus the stairs to the second floor were problematic. Thanks to the Homes for Our Troops program, a new mortgage-free specially adapted home built on one level with an open floor plan resolved these issues for Lyndon. The accessibility and freedom he now has in the new home will also allow him to focus on staying physically fit and being an active member of his community.
After the injury, Lyndon and Cindy say they started a new life and receiving a specially adapted Homes For Our Troops home will make it complete. “HFOT and its supporters are a miracle of God. Your generosity and kindness are greatly appreciated,” Lyndon says.