JOPLIN, Mo. — After committing his life to serving so many others like himself, wounded U.S. Marine Corporal Chris Miller found himself on the receiving end of veteran support as he became the recipient of several generous contributions for his new home.
These contributions included a donated roof from TAMKO Building Products LLC and installation from Ohio contractor Absolute Assurance Restorations, thanks to the coordinated efforts of Texas contractor Atlas Restoration. In honor of the Marine Corps birthday on Nov. 10 and Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11, TAMKO extends a “thank you” to veterans like Miller for their sacrifices and services to this country.
During his civilian life, Miller, an Ohio resident, has dedicated his time to assist other veterans across the country with their transition out of the military by boosting their spirits and supporting wounded service members in their efforts to regain mobility. A wounded veteran himself, Miller travels the country as an ambassador for the Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit that assists veterans who have been injured during active duty.
Through motivational speaking engagements, Miller inspires veterans by sharing his own experiences, including surviving a stabbing in the back and a 50-foot cliff fall that left him paralyzed from the neck down and in a wheelchair for more than a year. Miller is also an ambassador for Dogs For Our Brave, a foundation that trains and provides service dogs for veterans who need them, at no cost to the veteran. Between the two organizations, Miller has helped raise nearly $3 million.
“When I heard that the Miller family was building a new home, I jumped at the opportunity to help,” said Nick Forsell, CEO of Atlas Restoration. “Chris Miller and his family have sacrificed so much to protect our everyday freedom and help our veterans when they return home. This was my chance to thank them for that. I knew my friends at TAMKO would have my back on this and they did without hesitation.”
In addition to organizing TAMKO’s roof donation for the project, Texas contractor Atlas Restoration was instrumental in gathering other donors and involving key participants, such as ABC Supply, who helped coordinate delivering the material to the job site. The house was completed at the end of September and features TAMKO Heritage Aged Wood shingles.
“TAMKO recognizes the sacrifices veterans and their families make for our country, so providing shingles for this project was a great honor and one small way to show our tremendous appreciation for everything Chris has done while serving in the military, and everything he has done for other veterans since returning to civilian life,” said David Humphreys, TAMKO chairman and CEO.
With its spirit of patriotism, veterans have been a major focus of TAMKO’s community giving for many years, inspiring the America’s Shingle campaign launched in 2020. In addition to financial, roofing material and private flight transportation donations for veterans, TAMKO’s support is also reflected in its hiring of military service men and women, which represent 15% of the company’s workforce.