“We don’t ask for thank you. It’s not a job, it’s not a career, it’s a way of life.”
Johnny Glenn spoke these words at the home dedication for his friend, former teammate and “brother,” David Glenn. Even though he didn’t ask for a thank you, David, a 17-year Army veteran, received one from the Carrington Charitable Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing support for veterans.
CCF chairman Rosemary Rose said she first heard David’s story at a fundraising event for the foundation. She learned that David was injured by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan that caused him to lose two of his legs. What struck her most about David’s story was something he didn’t mention.
According to Rose, after David was injured, he refused immediate treatment so he could tend to other service members injured in the attack.
“That kind of bravery is something you never hear about, and we were all very, very impressed by his level of devotion to his fellow wounded,” she said.
After understanding the true depth of David’s dedication to his country, Rose and her team wanted to do something to show CCF’s appreciation. At the time, David, his wife Robin, and their two young children, Wyatt and Megan, were living in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Their home was built in 1945, and was not wheelchair-friendly.
David said they knew when they bought the house they would have to make modifications, but hadn’t had the opportunity yet.
“Then (CCF) looked at it and said it would be cheaper to knock the house down and start over than to modify it,” he said.
So CCF enlisted the help of local builder Bob Van Houten to build a new home from the ground up. The Glenns were involved in each step of the process, said Van Houten.
“We literally went room to room with David in his wheelchair and made everything to fit him, right down to the stove. It is designed with the controls in the front so he can reach it from his wheelchair,” he explained.
Other adaptable features of the 100 percent handicap-accessible home include home automation, custom-built breakfast bar, 3-foot doorways, compatible door frames and more. Van Houten said many local companies donated their time and materials to help make the home a reality.
“A lot of people stepped up to the plate and helped out tremendously.”
David and Robin said they were grateful CCF’s efforts.
“These guys, start to finish … they delivered what they promised,” David said.
Wyatt and Megan have enjoyed the house, too. It’s “awesome,” said Wyatt. Both said the playroom is their favorite addition.
During a ceremony to dedicate the home on May 10, Rose explained what makes the Family so special.
“They embody what it means to be true patriots in our view. They embody what it means to love and give back to your country. Robin and David are some of the most remarkable people I’ve met,” she said.