INSTALL Twin Cities member Steve Damsgaard helps out a fellow veteran. Steve served in the Gulf War in 1991 as a member of the Marine Corps.

INSTALL Twin Cities floor covering professionals helped to create a specially designed house for a Minnesota military veteran who recently sustained severe injuries while serving in Iraq.

Sgt. Marcus Kuboy of New Hope, MN, was wounded in March 2007 when the vehicle he was riding hit a roadside explosive. Kuboy badly injured his legs, back, arm, jaw and more. Today the soldier relies mostly on a wheel chair. INSTALL floor covering professionals joined other union workers to build a handicapped-accessible home for Kuboy in Woodbury in late August.

INSTALL Twin Cities provided the manpower to install the flooring for the entire house. This is a regional affiliate of the national INSTALL program.

The project was coordinated by the nonprofit group Homes for Our Troops, which has already built 25 homes for wounded veterans elsewhere in the country, and has 30 other homes in various planning and construction phases. Although Homes for Our Troops has some national sponsors, it relies primarily on contributions from volunteers and others in the community where the soldier lives.