Marine 'family' helps their own with home renovations
Gunnery Sgt. Bernie Ruchin, right, speaks with Marines on Friday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at his home after Building Dreams for Marines renovated his bathroom. Julie Hanson
“That’s the beauty of who we are as Marines,” Ruchin said. “It’s family. You don’t have to ask for help but they show up.”
When Building Dreams for Marines heard what had happened, they renovated his bathroom to install a handicapped-accessible shower and bathroom facility. It was a godsend to Ruchin, who said he returned from rehab with his leg in a cast and almost reverted back to his time on the combat field when soldiers bathed in their helmets.
It was the fifth project for Building Dreams for Marines, a nonprofit dedicated to modifying homes at no charge for Marines with physically limiting conditions.
“I think they were lovely to do it,” Brown said.
“No project touches me more than this one for my friend, Gunnery Sgt. Ruchin,” Ayotte said.
“I think about what Bernie has done for this country at home and abroad. You are a true patriot,” Ayotte said.
“For today I’m 18 again, I think, in my mind looking at these guys,” he said.
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