Tundraland

Alenco

Lenexa, KS

Alenco chose to be a part of Baths for the Brave because giving back is at the core of what it does. When the team at Alenco realized they could make a huge impact on a veteran’s life, specifically a veteran who is struggling with PTSD, they jumped in with both feet. Alenco has chosen to provide a new bath for Nate Dufriend, a veteran who has served multiple tours overseas in the War on Terror. To learn more about Dufriend, see his story below.

VETERAN STORY

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Nate Dufriend

United States Marine Corps Veteran

The war in the Middle East, which started after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is now the longest-running war in American history, spanning nearly 16 years. Many of the nation’s young men and women are coming back to the U.S. after serving multiple tours overseas.

That was the case for Nate Dufriend of Hutchinson, Kansas. He is a retired United States Marine who served from 2003 to 2014 and was stationed in more places than he can count.

Although Dufriend made it back home, it’s been a struggle for him and his family. While serving two missions overseas, Dufriend was shot in the head. He was a gunner for the Marines.

Recovery has been extensive, and since returning, he has had to face getting a divorce, still being a good father to his four children ages 5 to 11 and battling thoughts of suicide.

A new shower that’s walk-in accessible will make a world of difference for Dufriend as he continues to heal from the wounds of war.

“It’s people like this that we’re trying to help,” said Allen Erskine, president and owner of Alenco. “War is an incomprehensible concept for those who have never experienced it, and we want our soldiers and our veterans to know they’re loved, they’re respected, their service matters and we won’t forget you – in fact we want to thank you.”

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, Dufriend will be honored with nearly a dozen other military veterans across the United States as home improvement companies join forces to say thank you in an act of service to those who’ve served our nation defending our freedom.

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“I’m absolutely speechless. I really need something like this. I haven’t had something done for me in a long time and it’s nice to see someone is willing to finally do something to help me.”

– Nate Dufriend

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Norman’s Story

Norman Bodway is a retired Marine from Appleton, Wisconsin who served in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. During his years of service, he showed many acts of bravery, including saving the life of his fellow marine whose arm was severed during combat…

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Nate’s Story

The war in the Middle East, which started after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is now the longest-running war in American history, spanning nearly 16 years. Many of the nation’s young men and women are coming back to the U.S. after serving multiple tours overseas…

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Anthony’s Story

Anthony Battaglia has struggled with limited mobility for many years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as an engineer, but was injured while serving and came home to face struggles in everyday life and tasks like bathing and showering…

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Richard’s Story

Richard Paylor is from Leasburg, North Carolina. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1967, where he was stationed in South Korea to guard the border from North Korean missile strikes. Paylor was shocked to learn he had been selected as Bryton’s veteran…

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