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West Shore

Mechanicsburg, PA

West Shore, located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, is proud to provide American-made home improvement products. West Shore is also dedicated to giving back to the communities it calls home. West Shore runs several events throughout the year and partners with countless other organizations to make sure the company helps those it serves. To learn more about the veteran they’ve selected this year, see below.

VETERAN STORY

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Gail Wise

United States Marine Corps Veteran

Gail Wise is a retired Marine. She served during the Cold War from 1981 to 1987 and was stationed in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Wise worked in the supply unit that served all the aviation needs, from nuts and bolts to jet engines. While she was serving her country, Wise was hit in the head during an auto accident.

“I was in a coma for two weeks, unconscious for two months and paralyzed in a wheelchair,” Wise said. “I was supposed to die in three days, so the military sent my family to Hawaii. I was supposed to be a vegetable, and I was supposed to never walk again.”

Wise beat all the odds, and she is currently working with Lebanon Veteran’s Hospital’s therapy program with hopes that she will be able to walk again.

“The determination and grit Gail shows is the very reason we chose her as our recipient for the new shower,” said B. J. Werzyn, president of West Shore. “She is the definition of a true hero and we want to make her life a little easier, so she can regain more of her independence, that she’s been fighting so hard to achieve.”

Even though Wise no longer serves her country, she hasn’t walked away from her Marine roots. She serves her community through multiple Marine Corps leagues, Toys for Tots, the Color Guard and several other Marine-related organizations.

“God still has plans for me,” said Wise. “I still have disabilities, but I don’t expect pity from anyone. I’m a United States Marine,” Wise said.

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“God still has plans for me. I still have disabilities, but I don’t expect pity from anyone. I’m a United States Marine.”

– Gail Wise

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