Tundraland Home Improvements to give disabled veterans new showers to enhance their quality of life
Tundraland Home Improvements, a LEAF Home company based in Wisconsin specializing in baths, walk-in showers and decks, is changing the lives of two deserving veterans in Wisconsin by giving them the gift of a walk-in shower with its annual Baths for the Brave program. The showers will be installed at both homes on Thursday, November 10, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., just in time for Veterans Day.
“You don’t realize the importance of having an accessible shower until you don’t have one,” explained Paul Lukowski, President of Tundraland Home Improvements. “We can’t think of a better gift to give those who already gave so much for our country than to provide them with an accessible shower that they can use for years to come. It’s just one small way we can say thank you for all they’ve done.”
Kevin Laluzerne is a Green Bay native who served in the U.S. Army. Laluzerne now lives alone with his 15-year-old daughter, who is partially deaf, after his wife passed away earlier this year. He is also recovering from his second stroke, leading him to seek a replacement of his tub for a more accessible, safer shower option.
“My greatest fear is falling or getting injured in the shower, and my daughter doesn’t hear me,” explained Laluzerne. “I worry that she’ll find me there, and I don’t ever want her to have to experience that fear.”
The second Baths for the Brave installation will take place in Mukwonago, Wisconsin, at the home of Adam and Carlene (Carly) Nierenberger. Adam served eight years in the U.S. Army, and also served in Iraq, where he spent much of his time jumping out of planes. Unfortunately, one life-changing jump resulted in a broken back and a medical discharge from service. In returning to civilian life, Adam had the opportunity to heal until a tree-cutting accident while doing yard maintenance broke his back a second time.
Adam is currently paraplegic and is confined to a wheelchair. Together, he and his wife have been navigating the adjustments needed in their home to live as safely as possible given their new reality.
“It’s been a struggle learning how to get around our home again and just function with everyday tasks while being confined to the wheelchair,” explained Adam. “I’m grateful to Tundraland for choosing me for the Baths for the Brave program.”
“I’m so thankful for the Baths for the Brave program,” explained Carly. “I just want him to be able to use the shower safely, and I want him to regain the dignity I know he struggles with having lost as a result of this accident.”
Tundraland Home Improvements created Baths for the Brave in 2017. The program is a 100 percent time and material donation to a veteran, or veterans, in need within the communities Tundraland serves.
To learn more about Tundraland, Baths for the Brave or the many community initiatives Tundraland supports, visit tundraland.com.
Tundraland Home Improvements is a growing, top-quality home improvement and community-conscious company that specializes in American-made products. In addition to being a market leader in bath remodeling and decks, the company is nationally ranked as a Top 500 remodeling firm and a Top 200 remodeler nationwide by Qualified Remodeler Magazine. They have also received an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau (Torch Award). With a company culture based on enthusiasm and positive energy, Tundraland strives to positively impact its customers, its employees, and the community as a whole and is considered by many to be one of the best places to work in Wisconsin (Named by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). To learn more, visit www.tundraland.com