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Thursday, 21 December 2006 00:00

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December 21, 2006 Crown Point Donates Cabinetry to Wounded Soldier
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US Army Staff Sergeant Eugene Simpson tests a retractable metal shelf, one of many accessibility options featured in his new custom kitchen from Crown Point Cabinetry

Christmas came early for one injured soldier recently when he received the gift of custom cabinetry from Crown Point.

The injured soldier, US Army Staff Sergeant Eugene Simpson, will have the cabinetry installed in his family’s new home in Dale City, Virginia.  It is part of a much larger project initiated by Homes for Our Troops, a non-profit organization that builds and remodels homes to accommodate the needs of veterans severely wounded in combat. 

The project began two months ago when Crown Point president, Brian Stowell, read an article about Homes for Our Troops.  Stowell, whose son Craig served a six-month tour in Iraq with the Marines, knows first hand of the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women.  He immediately decided to help by outfitting Simpson’s new kitchen with custom cabinetry that would help him with everyday tasks. 

“For guys like Gene who have given so much,” said Stowell, “we feel it’s the least we could do.” 

The kitchen was designed with details including retractable metal shelves which can be pulled down to Simpson’s eye-level. Special base cabinetry was designed to sit nine inches off the floor to enable Simpson access to the cabinetry. 

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Brian Stowell opens a pantry door to give Eugene a glimpse of the shelving inside

“It’s amazing,” said Simpson when he toured the Crown Point facility. “Look at those cabinets.  You can’t ask for anything more than that.”

 Simpson was injured in an explosion while deployed in Tikrit, Iraq in 2004.  The blast shattered bones in his legs and feet and partially severed his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.   

Despite all that he’s been through, Simpson maintains a positive attitude. 

“I look at all that I have around me and what everyone has done to help me, and I feel blessed,” Simpson said.  “This house is the major step for me. It’s going to mean everything.” 

Homes for Our Troops hopes to have all renovations completed in time for Eugene and his two sons to share Christmas together in their new home.

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Crown Point President Brian Stowell; US Army Staff Sergeant Eugene Simpson; Homes For Our Troops' Director of Projects and Veteran's Affairs Kirt Rebello, and Crown Point kitchen designer Chris Zappala smile for a picture with the new cabinetry
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