Volunteers needed to help build special home for injured veteran
Volunteers remain in high demand for a project to build a specially-adapted home for a local injured veteran.
In recognition of May as Military Appreciation Month, CAT Country 96 has teamed up with Homes For Our Troops of Bethlehem to build a home for SPC Robert J. Kislow III of Lehighton.
The organizations plan to build a home in Lehigh Township for Kislow, who sustained a traumatic brain injury and lost his right leg after an attack in his first deployment to Afghanistan in June of 2005.
But, in order to do that, the organizations are in need of a general contractor, as well as skilled professional tradesmen, material and labor volunteers, not to mention monetary donations.
Kislow was only two months into his first deployment when he was shot five times, causing multiple injuries including TBI and an injury so severe that it required the amputation of his right leg.
While on combat patrols in Afghanistan near the Pakistan border, Kislow's team was on a mission to search out aggressive Taliban forces in the mountainous area.
Attacked by a large group of Taliban fighters, SPC Kislow received five gunshots to his body that caused multiple serious injuries. It turns out Kislow's bullet proof chest may very well have saved his life, as the two shots that hit it did no damage.
However, Kislow's Kevlar helmet was punctured by a bullet, which left him with TBI. Despite being injured, Kislow took over the forward marksman position for a wounded teammate and continued fighting until a medic arrived.
He was carried to the top of the mountain, where he was airlifted to the nearest Forward Operating Base. Later airlifted to Landstuhl, Germany and finally to Walter Reed, he spent 29 months enduring surgeries and therapies as he was recuperating.
Currently, Kislow continues to receive treatments through his local VA Hospital.
Kislow enjoys the outdoors; specifically, hunting, fishing, and golf.
Presently enrolled in his third year of college, Kislow is interested in auto racing and repair, and has already completed automotive and business finance courses.
A member of the VFW, Wounded Warriors, and Notre Dame Church, Kislow hopes to one day organize sporting trips for injured veterans.
Kislow looks forward to living in a home that will not only alleviate the worries of where he will live in the future, but will allow him to focus on his goals and dreams. A specially-adapted home will provide Kislow with a barrier-free environment where he can do just that.
Anyone who would like to donate supplies or labor, or make a monetary donation, may contact Jennifer Fiorentino, marketing manager for projects, at (508) 823-3300, Ext 210.