Rebuild in La Grange- HomeComing for Local Marine!
Volunteers from Sears Heroes at Home program and nonprofit Rebuilding Together join forces to complete a three-month rehabilitation project for injured Marine veteran Lance Corporal Josh Misiewicz, who returned from his first tour in Afghanistan earlier this year. His home was modified via the Heroes at Home program to include an elevator and ramps, wider doorways and hallways, various kitchen renovations, and winterization benefits.
Josh Misiewicz is a 23 year old Marine veteran and Purple Heart recipient seriously wounded in Afghanistan. He is a double amputee and is looking forward to returning to his parent’s home in La Grange where he will reside.
Growing up in La Grange, Ill., Josh was well known for his athletic skill. He was an Illinois State Hockey
League All-Star and played for St. Mary’s College in Minnesota while earning his Associate’s Degree.
In 2010, Josh pursued his passion for military service by enlisting with the Marines. He chose to serve in the infantry and was selected as a squadron leader. In March, 2011, Josh was deployed to Afghanistan with the 1st Battalion of the 5th Marine Regiment for Operation Enduring Freedom.
While on foot patrol in July, 2011, Josh was seriously injured following a landmine explosion, which lead to the loss of both of his legs and two shattered eardrums. He is currently in a rehabilitation program at Walter Reed Military Hospital in Washington, DC where he has undergone numerous surgeries. Josh’s parents alternate taking time away from their jobs to be with him through the recovery process.
In order for Josh to return home, complex renovations were needed to ensure his safety and provide accessibility. Thanks to Sears and Heroes at Home, Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago provided the Misiewicz family with accessibility modifications including an elevator, ramps, and wider doors which will provide Josh greater in-home mobility upon his return to La Grange. Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago also completed extensive bathroom and kitchen modifications and electrical upgrades.
Throughout his recovery, Josh has maintained an incredibly positive outlook and has been an inspiration to all who have had the opportunity to meet him. Less than a year after his injuries, Josh is already rock climbing as part of his rehabilitation program. It is our hope that the work completed on Josh’s home will demonstrate our appreciation for the sacrifices he has made in service to our nation.
The reveal of the renovations will take place at the Misiewicz home.
215 N. Spring Ave.
La Grange, IL 60525
WHEN: Wednesday, July 11 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
The Sears Heroes at Home program via Rebuilding Together has helped more than 62,000 deserving military families by raising more than $16 million to support the rebuilding of more than 1,100 homes to-date. Heroes at Home addresses a critical need for an alarming number of veterans who are struggling to make ends meet and who live in substandard housing. This spring, Sears launched its annual renovation program and through its Heroes at Home initiative via nonprofit Rebuilding Together, 150 restoration projects are underway across the country. Now through July 28, Sears is encouraging Americans to give back and continue their efforts by donating funds to Heroes at Home at their local Sears store or via a link online at sears.com/heroesathome.