Meet Our Veteran, Charlie Lewis: Baths for the Brave Community Giveback
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Meet Our Veteran, Charlie Lewis: Baths for the Brave Community Giveback

Baths for the Brave Community Giveback - Bath ExpoAccording to the U.S Census Bureau, Texas is home to the second largest Veteran population in the United States. Many of those Veterans are living with disability and face everyday challenges including bathing. In honor of Veterans Day, Bath Expo is teaming up with 9 home improvement companies across the country for the 4th annual Baths for the Brave event. That being said, we’d like to introduce you to someone special! Meet Charlie.

Charlie Lewis is a Texas native who recently moved back to his hometown of Nocona, Texas this past summer. Charlie is a son, father, friend, and recently retired US Air Force Veteran. Charlie served in the Air Force from September 1999 – February 2020 and was stationed in several places including South Korea, California, Alaska, Qatar and more. During his 20 years, he was deployed 13 times.

During Charlie’s 17th year of service, he contracted a serious infection that caused his entire body to shut down. As the infection spread, it had long lasting effects. Charlie suffered from 8 strokes, lost his left leg and only has 50% functionality in his right leg due to the infection. Although Charlie has gone through many trials, he maintains a positive attitude and hopeful outlook on life.

When asked what being a part of Baths for the Brave meant, Charlie said, “I love the thought behind it and what the operation stands for. Anytime you can take any type of pain or discomfort from someone’s everyday life, it’s something you take away for the rest of their life. It’s truly life changing.”

Baths for the Brave was created by Tundraland Home Improvements, a Wisconsin-based home remodeling company, as a way to provide local veterans and families in need with remodeled bathrooms, all free of charge. Brian Gottlieb, creator of Baths for the Brave and owner of Tundraland, says, “Giving back is a fundamental way of life for us at Tundraland. It’s more than what we do; it’s who we are.”

All participating home improvement companies, including Tundraland, will donate 100 percent of their time and materials to a veteran in need from their own local community. The remodels across the country will all take place simultaneously. Additional participating companies also include:

  • Alenco Home Improvement
  • Lori K Bath
  • MaxHome
  • MidWest Bath
  • NEWPRO Home Improvement
  • Reborn Bath Solutions
  • Tundraland Home Improvements
  • West Shore

For more information on Baths for the Brave, including more information about the Murphy family; additional veteran stories from across the country, why each company wanted to get involved, and how you can follow this special event, please visit www.bathsforthebrave.com

Bringing HOPE with Baths For The Brave

Sharing hope has always been a goal of Bath Expo & Window Expo – that is why we strive to improve the lives we touch… with every project! The highlight of our year is getting to partner with Baths for the Brave each November to renovate a deserving Veteran’s Bathroom to thank them for their service. In 2019, we were blessed to renovate the bathroom of Keith and Brenda Murphy – two veterans who served in the U.S. Army in Korea. After returning to the states, Keith was in a serious accident that forced the family to make the difficult decision to amputate his left leg above the knee. Despite the hardships they faced, the family was so full of joy and incredible HOPE!

Life with one leg makes basic tasks more difficult, and while Keith had found ways to maneuver well for the most part, bathing still proved to be a challenge. For most Baths for the Brave renovations around the country, companies were taking an existing bathtub and turning it into a low-threshold shower so that the Veterans could roll in or easily step in. Keith asked for his renovated bathroom to include a tub and grab bars placed in specific positions so that he could use them to soak or stand. With our customized bath solution, we were able to position safety grab bars exactly where Keith could use them, and the results were beautiful.

Throughout the whole project, Keith and Brenda were so kind and thankful – we were supposed to be bringing them hope through a new bathroom, but they brought our team more hope than we could have ever imagined. It was truly our pleasure to serve Keith and Brenda and meet many of their friends at our reveal party. Bringing stories of hope like these to our community are what Bath Expo & Window Expo strive for. Watch the video below for more of their story, and to see the before and after of their bathroom!