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Army veteran who lost eye to IED will get Derry home that meets his needs

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters
July 11. 2018 9:42PM

DERRY — U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. Tom Block, who was severely injured during a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan in 2013, will be receiving a new home that is suited to his needs, at 93 Walnut Hill Road in Derry.

The construction is being sponsored by The New England Regional Council of Carpenters, Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors, North & South Construction Services and other groups.

Block, a Minnesota native, was serving in the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment on Oct. 6, 2013, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, when the bomb of a suicide bomber was detonated nearby. The event cost Block his right eye as well as most of the sight in his left. He was subsequently named the 2014 Soldier of the Year by the Army Times.

Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors has chosen Block to be the recipient of a handicap-accessible home that will be tailored to meet his needs. Union carpenters and North & South Construction Services will be donating much of the labor needed to construct the home.

“Celebrating the Fourth of July last week, we’re reminded what an important part our service men and women play in protecting our freedom,” said Tom Flynn, executive secretary-treasurer of The New England Regional Council of Carpenters. “Union carpenters are honored to be a part of this project for Sgt. Block and his family who has given so much for our country.”

“We like to put our skills and our tools to good work and we know from experience with Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors how effective his team is at coordinating these construction projects.”

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters represents more than 28,000 trades workers employed by more than 1,200 general contractors and subcontractors.

Because many members are serving or have served in the U.S. military, a bond exists between the union and the service members, and the carpenters donate their time and skills for projects that benefit veterans or active service personnel.

For instance, the union is an active participant in the Helmets to Hardhats program, which connects service members to training and career opportunities in construction as they transition from active duty.

Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors was formed by the four-time National Football League “All-Pro” defensive end in October of 2009.

Allen had just returned home from the Middle East, where he had visited U.S. military bases as part of a United Service Organization trip. To say thank you to our veterans, he created Jared Allen’s Homes, whose goal is to build handicap-accessible houses for wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

North & South Construction Services is a general contractor and construction manager that has been signatory to a collective bargaining agreement with the carpenters’ union.

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