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Local Builders Donate Time and Talent to Disabled Marine

Recently, Brian Fischer and Tim Langham, owners of Fischer Langham Custom Builders in Giddings, spoke at the Giddings Rotary Club about a project they recently undertook to help a disabled Marine and his family by refurbishing a home in Giddings donated to the HonorVet Program.

The HonorVet Program was started by veterans Jesse Cannella and Jim McCain, Senator John McCain’s son. Their purpose is to help veterans, disabled or otherwise, get back into productive lives once they return home from active service. The home that Fischer Langham is refurbishing was donated to HonorVet by two ladies from Giddings. Once complete, it will be donated to Sean Friedrich, a disabled Marine, and his wife, Anna, who currently live in Round Rock.

Tim said, “The home is in good shape, but had a bunch of small, chopped up rooms. We entered the project knowing we wanted to give the Friedrich’s something to live in that would not only accommodate Sean’s disability, but also something that he and Anna could be proud of.”

So far, all the electrical and plumbing has been redone, according to Tim. He said they gutted almost the entire interior, tearing down a lot of walls to open up the space, making a much larger kitchen, an extra closet and a laundry room. They are doing the sheetrock right now, and hope to turn over the keys to HonorVet and the Friedrichs in mid-February.

Apparently, several businesses have also stepped up and donated much of what is needed for the renovation. Tim said, “Orsag’s has donated all the appliances and Mattress Mac of Houston is donating much of the furnishings. Goodson Voight Lumber has allowed us to set up an account for materials and we are hoping that local residents and business owners will donate to the account to help pay for the materials needed. Right now, our out of pocket expenses have been mostly for carpenters and laborers. Even a local Boy Scout Troop is getting into the act by donating their time and strong backs to help do the yard, which is huge.”

He continued, “Everyone wants to help. The roofer we generally use out of Austin donated all the materials for the roof and we’ve got some experts in wood flooring helping us make sure the original wood flooring is in good enough shape to keep.”

Once they are finished with the project, Tim said the founders of HonorVet, Cannella and McCain, will come to Giddings for a sort of unveiling. He said that Senator John McCain is also expected to be here when the Freidrich’s are shown their new home for the first time!

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