Green Building

Minnesota builder gives wounded soldier new hope and a remodeled home

Thu, 08/18/2011 - 09:13

The owner of a Minnesota building company is giving hope to a returning soldier who was injured in Afghanistan, as he is devoting resources to help remodel the residence of the Army veteran, according to the Apple Valley Patch.

Staff Sergeant Wesley Cureton, a Minneapolis native, was severely injured by a mortar while serving in Afghanistan during the solider's second tour. The extent of the damage that was done has left Cureton with several disabilities, including the lack of an ability to control his body temperature, reported the news source.

The cold Minnesota winters that occur made this problem especially tough for Cureton and his family, as the lack of body temperature control made going outdoors next to impossible. James Madsen, the owner of the building company, decided to help the wounded solider and his family, the Patch reported.

Madsen decided to provide the Curetons with a heated porch, using a radiant system, so that the soldier could feel the outdoor breeze while not succumbing to the harsh Minnesota winter, reported the news source.

Radiant heating systems can provide families with warmth without the use of a radiator or heating duct that may ruin the appearance of a home.