Edit: This is an update on our previous entry about Joshua Randall and the renovation we were a part of.
Operation: Room Retreat is a program hosted by WBRC Fox6 News in Birmingham, AL. General Manager Collin Gaston was disturbed to find that 20 American military veterans were committing suicide every day. Considering the entire United States records 121 suicides a day, the percentage that are veterans is alarming. Gaston and WBRC wanted to reach out and help make the lives of veterans and their families a little brighter and so was the beginning of Operation: Room Retreat.
WBRC partnered with Active Heroes to help make this program a success. Active Heroes is a non-profit organization that, according to their website, “support[s] all U.S. military service members, veterans, and their families through physical, educational, and emotional programs in an effort to eliminate suicide.”
People were asked to nominate a deserving veteran for a retreat makeover. Brandi Randall nominated her husband, Joshua, a seven-year Army veteran. Joshua and Brandi are the parents of three children and Brandi wanted to give Joshua a “man cave” where he could have some quiet time. Joshua served two tours of Afghanistan and his wife says he is a giving person who is always ready to help others.
With the help of several sponsors including Nichols/Grout Tech, Jasper Honda/Hyundai, Jack’s, Alloy Wheel Repair, Nichols Outfitters, Hill’s Carpet and Floor Covering, Window World of Central Alabama, Shipp Roofing, Andy OnCall, On Time Electric, eCO Credit Union, and Frank’s Furniture Warehouse. Joshua and his family were able to be the recipients of a quiet area where they can unwind.
We at Nichols/Grout Tech are proud to be a part of this program and seeing the appreciation of Joshua and his family made it all the better. Nichols/Grout Tech is dedicated to standing behind our veterans and we thank all veterans for their service and appreciate the sacrifices that they have made and continue to make.
If you are a veteran, or you know a veteran, that may need help with depression or suicidal thoughts, contact Active Heroes or other organizations like Jason’s Box. Please use the hashtag #ImStillHere in social media to let fellow veterans know that they aren’t alone when it comes to dealing with dark times. Let’s work together to give our veterans the support they need and deserve.