Homes for Our Troops is a national non-profit organization that builds specially adapted homes at no cost to severely injured veterans of war. Milender White partnered with Homes for Our Troops to build a specially adapted 3,000 sq. ft., single-story home for U.S. Army Corporal Nick Orchowski who was severely wounded in Iraq in May 2004.
Milender White co-founder and U.S. Air Force veteran Mike Milender spearheaded the firm’s involvement in this effort and saw the project through to completion. Milender White led an outstanding team of dedicated subcontractors and suppliers that donated labor and materials for the project. The team’s passion for this project enabled upgrades to the house that were never on the original drawings. Additions included a fireplace, a brick exterior in lieu of siding, and solid core doors in lieu of hollow core doors. The home features temperature control showers and bathrooms, hand rails, push button doors and many other handicap accessible features.
The Orchowski’s moved into their ENERGY STAR® certified new home and fulfilled their dream of a house that enabled each family member to live with more independence.
* Photographs by Jonathan Castor