Home for Heroes



Returning home from the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook was no simple task for Frank, a U.S. Army veteran. Frank suffered many years of health issues and after 22 surgeries, his right leg was amputated to save his life. Doctors expect Frank to be a permanent wheelchair user, and his home was not accessible. After getting construction quotes up to $20,000, Frank’s wife Claire reached out to United Way for assistance.

“United Way could not have been more understanding and before I knew it, our bathroom was being outfitted to accommodate Frank’s wheelchair,” said Claire. “United Way has been a tremendous salvation and provided invaluable help.” The bathroom was completely gutted and redesigned in nine days. It is equipped with a wheelchair accessible sink, a specialized toilet, safety rails, and a barrier free shower floor that Frank can roll into easily.

Frank is now a double amputee and living safely in his accessible home.