In support of the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program, which builds specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans, Mannington recently partnered with the National Wood Flooring Association to provide hardwood flooring for the Maysville, Georgia, home of U.S. Marine Corporal (RET) Sean Adams.
Corporal Adams enlisted in the Marines following the 9/11 attacks on New York’s World Trade Center, which had a profound effect on him. While on a reconnaissance patrol in Afghanistan, he was severely wounded by an IED blast. He lost both legs above the knee and partial vision in one eye; plus injured both of his hands and right arm.
Following his recovery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Corporal Adams was in need of a home customized to his physical needs so he could move forward with life in a more independent way. As supporters gathered for the dedication of his new home, it was clear to all that something very special was about to be revealed.
For the Adams home, Mannington Mountain View Hickory (color-Bark) and Antigua Pacaya Mesquite (color-Lava) hardwoods were an ideal choice. From a design point-of-view, they infused the interiors with warm color and handsome character. And because Mannington engineered hardwoods are far stronger than a single piece of solid wood, they’re more structurally sound and won’t buckle, gap, cup or twist. This creates a continuous, durable surface for Corporal Adams to navigate his wheelchair across.
Trimmed out with hefty wood beams, this design element accentuates the architectural lines of the room and creates instant wow—drawing the eye up and across the living area, dining area and kitchen in dramatic fashion.
In the master bedroom, Mountain View Hickory hardwoods form a nature-inspired connection to the view beyond which is framed by large windows.
In his daughter’s bedroom, Mountain View Hickory hardwoods are at-home amidst a palette of whites, brights and pastels, creating a space so happy that jumping for joy on the bed is the natural thing to do. Another plus—Mannington hardwoods feature ScratchResist™ technology so they provide exceptional resistance to everyday household scratches. That makes this floor quite kid-friendly, too.
In Corporal Adams’s home office, Mountain View Hickory hardwoods lend a rustic sophistication to a room filled with many of his favorite things ranging from sports memorabilia to remembrances of his military career.
“Before we moved into our smart home, it wasn’t easy for me to rest,” says Corporal Adams. “(Being here) is a feeling of relief. It’s the next chapter in life. I can finally shut the door on all the hardship.”
With his Academy Award-nominated portrayal of Lt. Dan Taylor in the landmark film, Forrest Gump, Gary Sinise formed an enduring connection with servicemen and women throughout the military community. In 2011, he launched the Gary Sinise Foundation to honor our nation’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities. An advocate of America’s service members for nearly 40 years, Sinise has received many awards, including the Presidents Citizens Medal—the second-highest civilian honor awarded to citizens for exemplary deeds performed in service of our nation.
Mannington salutes the work of the Gary Sinise Foundation and is pleased to have been selected to help create the home of U.S. Marine Corporal Sean Adams.