Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. Program:
Helping build homes for wounded veterans
Since 2016, Hearthwood has contributed through our parent company, American OEM, to join a several US-based hardwood
flooring manufacturers to participate in the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program, a partnership facilitated through the
National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA). The R.I.S.E. foundation builds beautiful homes for our nation’s most deserving
heroes, providing veterans and their families the gift of beautiful, comfortable and practical living environment for their
individual needs post-injury.
“Completing even simple, everyday tasks can be a significant challenge for a wounded hero. Our R.I.S.E. program is dedicated to helping restore veterans’ independence by providing specially adapted custom smart homes to them and their families that feature cutting edge technologies and high-performance materials. The quality and durability of the wood flooring that American OEM provides is helping us to improve the lives of our wounded heroes, allowing them significantly more independence in their new homes. I thank them so much for the support.” – Gary Sinise
R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) creates homes designed to help restore freedom, mobility and self-reliance for some of our nation’s heroes. As an family owned, American manufacturer, we believe in the mission of GSF and are honoured that our flooring serves as the foundation for new beginnings in these gorgeous forever homes custom built for the most deserving Americans and their families.
US ARMY CW5 (RET.) GARY LINFOOT
UNITED STATES ARMY CAPTAIN (RET.) JAKE MURPHY
US ARMY CORPORAL (RET.) CHRISTIAN BROWN
US ARMY SGT (RET.) FRANZ WALKUP
About the Gary Sinise Foundation
The Gary Sinise Foundation honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. Through its R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program, specially adapted smart homes are being constructed for severely wounded veterans nationwide. Each one-of-a-kind home is customized to ease the everyday burdens of a wounded hero, their family and caregivers. Other programs include Relief & Resiliency Outreach, Invincible Spirit Festivals, the Lt. Dan Band, Arts & Entertainment Outreach, Serving Heroes, and First Responders Outreach. Its latest program, Soaring Valor, is sending WWII veterans to The National WWII Museum and documenting their first-hand accounts of the war. For more information, please visit GarySiniseFoundation.org..