Soldier's Wish To Remodel Bathroom For Wounded Tulsa Veteran
TULSA, Oklahoma - A veteran wounded in combat will finally get the help he and his family have been waiting for.
Wednesday, the group Soldier's Wish surprised retired Navy Chief, Zach Browers during what he thought was going to be a quick lunch.
The veteran has had more than a dozen surgeries and struggles with his mobility just about every day, even in his own home. But now, thanks to Soldier’s Wish, that's all about to change.
It was a Veterans Day surprise Browers never expected.
"Soldier’s Wish is an organization working with Subway to grant wishes to our veterans, and you have got a stunned look on your face,” they explained to Browers. “So when this is all over you can blame this on your wife."
Browers’ wife Pam contacted Soldier’s Wish about her husband’s needs. The retired sailor was hurt during a mission overseas in 2007 where his spine was shattered by the wing of a plane. He’s been through countless surgeries and endures serious nerve damage over half his body, making it hard to walk.
"We've got a construction company here, Red Dog Construction, and we're going to come in and remodel your bathroom and make it accessible for you," they told him.
For Browers, it can be difficult to get around at home and into a bathroom that’s barely accessible.
"When I'm at work I worry about, ‘is he going to try to take a shower?’ And if the floor happens to be wet, ‘is he going to fall down and get hurt and I'm not going to be there?’ Because that has occurred before," Pam said.
Browers ended up in the hospital for weeks. But now, the road to better mobility and independence is beginning. And the veteran, known for helping others more than himself, is finally getting some of the much-needed thanks in return.
You can learn more about Soldier’s Wish here.