NEWPRO Home Improvement Solutions knew the importance of recognizing a veteran and didn’t hesitate to be a part of Baths for the Brave on the national scale. Their team chose Ryan Bugler, a veteran who served in the Marine Corp. Bugler is confined to a wheelchair and said he was ready to take a chainsaw to his tub, but NEWPRO is helping to ease that burden on Nov. 8. To learn more about Bugler, see his story below.
United States Marine Corps Veteran
Ryan Bugler, a Marine Corps veteran from Dracut, Massachusetts, was selected by NEWPRO Home Improvement Solutions for this year’s first-ever Baths for the Brave event. Bugler joined the Marines right out of high school and upon retiring from the military he continued to serve others as a firefighter and paramedic for the Town of Lexington, Massachusetts, and later in Pelham, New Hampshire. It was during his time as a firefighter that Bugler was critically injured and forced to quit his job. Ever since that injury, life has been hard for Bugler.
“I’m very humbled to have been selected for Baths for the Brave,” Bugler said. “I have a spinal cord injury that keeps me in a wheelchair 90 percent of the time and I have not been able to shower in my house because getting out of the tub is too dangerous for me, so I was about ready to take a saw to the tub to create and opening for easier and safer access.”
This new shower remodel will be installed on Nov. 8, free of charge to Bugler as a thank you for his military service.
“Supporting a veteran is something near and dear to me, as my father served for our country,” said Nick Cogliani, owner of NEWPRO. “Anytime we can help our community, and especially those who’ve fought for our freedom to live a better life, it’s a no brainer for me.”
Bugler currently has a service dog named Noonan who is a 5-year-old black lab that helps him around the house. In addition to his helper, Bugler has found a passion for helping his fellow veterans, despite his injury.
“I have found partaking in veteran events in the same family-type atmosphere as the military has helped me cope with the injuries I have and move on and continue life,” said Bugler. “I appreciate life so much more today despite the injury, and being selected for this will relieve a lot of stress and help me to continue to live independently on my own.”
– Ryan Bugler
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