Marine Veteran Stunned by Industry Generosity

Originally published by the following source: SBC MagazineJuly 8, 2019
by TJ Jerke


A U.S. Marine Corps veteran and his family are one step closer to living in their brand new mortgage-free home thanks to many component manufacturers, local businesses and Texas-based nonprofit Operation FINALLY HOME.

Photo Credit: Joe Kannapell

Sergeant Thomas Brennan, along with his wife and daughter, joined dozens of Culpeper, Virginia business leaders, veterans, and community members as they helped break ground on the home, signifying the start of the construction process. 

"It was just one big surprise,” Brennan told the local NBC12 station. “The generosity and community that gathered here is incredible."

Brennan, who completed two tours in Iraq and one to Afghanistan over nine years of active duty service, was forced to medically retire after suffering a traumatic brain injury in combat.

Photo Credit: Joe Kannapell

Gene Frogale, president of Annandale Millwork & Allied Systems, has been championing the fundraising efforts for the home, including organizing the annual Capital Area Chapter Golf Tournament. Chris Johnson, with Toll Brothers, has also been an original and ongoing organizer of the golf tournament.

“This was really a tremendous effort on behalf of the CMs, suppliers and customers within the Capital Area Chapter, as well as other SBCA chapters around the country,” Frogale said. “It really shows what we can do if we all work together to give something back to a veteran and his family who sacrificed so much.” 

Joe Kannapell, senior vice president of sales for MiTek USA, felt Frogale showed tremendous leadership in his work to provide a great gift to an American Hero.

“In the 49 years since I stepped foot into this industry, July 2, 2019 will go down as one of its finest days,” he said.

Photo Credit: Joe Kannapell

Others in the industry have also played integral roles in the process. Kenny Shifflett, owner of Ace Carpentry, helped secure the two-acre lot for the home and Joe Hikel of Maryland-based Shelter Systems, made a large contribution towards the project in his late father’s name. Anthony Clatterbuck, President of Graystone Homes, played an integral part in organizing the groundbreaking and heading up the construction process for the build. Operation FINALLY HOME team members leading the coordination efforts for this build include Executive Director Rusty Carroll, Lee Kirgan, vice president of project management, and Molly Halliday, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Project Management.

“Our soldiers put their lives on the line every day, and many don’t come home in the same condition they left in,” said Shifflett. “It is the least, or most honorable, thing I could do to figure out how I can do my part, since they have done a whole lot more than what was expected of them.”

Sponsors for the build are: 

84 Lumber
Ace Carpentry, Inc
Allied Concrete
Annandale Millwork
Apex Engineering
Atlas Roofing
Budget Blinds
C & E Baker Hauling, LLC
Carpet House
Carter Lumber
CBG Building Company
Cedar Mountain Stone
Cherry Street Building Supply
Chewning Masonry
Christian Broadcasting Network
Clatterbuck Masonry
Commonwealth Lighting
CTS Properties/Rillhurst Phase IV
Custom Plumbing
Drywall Systems
Eastern Engineered Wood Products
Ferguson (Progress Corporate)
Fireside Hearth & Home
Gary’s Ace Hardware
Graystone Homes, Inc.
H&H Electric
H. Aubrey Hawkins & Associates
Heritage Contracting
K&M Heating & Air
K&S Portajohns
Legacy Contractors
LMO, Inc.
Loudoun Stair
Luck Stone
M&M Soil Consultants
Mar Concrete
Metro Stone Works LLC
NV Waterproofing
Piedmont Door
Potomac Concrete
Pyramid Design & Drafting
Quality Builders Warranty
R&A Painters
Riner Well Drilling
Roof Works
Samuel James Construction
SBCA Cap Chapter
SBCA FL Chapter
SBCA AZ Chapter
Select Construction Company
Shelter Systems
Sherwin Williams
Soil Consultants Engineering, Inc.
Tanner’s Pest Services
Toll Brothers Culpeper
Top Notch Cleaning
Vulcan Materials, Inc.
Ward’s Welding & Fabrication
Winslow Carpentry
Xpress Copy & Graphics