Vietnam Veteran Receives Organized Spaces As Co's Community Service In Time For Fourth of July
Vietnam Veteran Receives Organized Spaces AsCosCommunity Service In Time For Fourth of JulyA Philadelphia business philanthropist is marking the 4th of July holiday byaiding a Vietnam, Purple Heart infantry man, who is a paraplegic.Charles Waterman, the owner of ClosetsByDesign, an area custom closetcompany, had a vision to do something to help good causes that would be morepersonal than just buying charity tickets.He consulted with a communications firm, ACT, Inc., and they suggested: Trackdown a wounded veteran who could benefit from having Watermans companydonate and install custom storage spaces easily used by a paraplegic in a wheelchair.Photo Caption:WHEELCHAIR BOUND VIETNAM VET Jim McGuire is pictured with the owner of ClosetsByDesign,Charles Waterman (r) and Cay Evans, a ClosetsByDesign leading designer. With McGuire is his wife,Lorraine. The couples two dogs are a Dalmatian and Labrador puppy. ClosetsByDesign, as part oftheir community services program is donating the building of custom closet spaces at McGuires hometo provide him, a paraplegic, storage areas within reach (www.ClosetsByDesign.com).An aide in the office of former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, Vern Riderrecommended Jim McGuire, a 66-year-old resident of Northeast Philadelphia and aveteran of Vietnam.He was a perfect candidate for a custom closet installation donation.
Combat InfantryA former combat infantry man, he served with the First Calvary in Vietnam andwas a veteran of close combat, and a Purple Heart recipient for wounds thateventually led to a life as a paraplegic.McGuire and his wife of 41 years, Lorraine, welcomed Waterman and his designer,Cay Evans, into their home. The wooden ramp which zigzags up to their front doordramatizes that someone with a disability lives inside and gives wheelchairaccessibility into the home.But closets are another matter, and Waterman has the expertise to install customsystems designed for someone confined to a wheelchair.They pulled out a tape measure and began measuring McGuires arm-span whenhe reached as high as he could, and his sitting height while sitting in his wheelchair.Waterman and his designer then took inventory of Jims bedroom closet but theyalso asked questions about other spaces throughout the home.Other Needs FulfilledWith those measurements, they discovered several other areas in need of betteraccess for Jim.His computer area caused him difficulty.The height of his current desk did not accommodate Jims wheel chair.This meant that each time he wanted to sit at his desk he had to move himselffrom his wheel chair and sit in a regular desk chair.Also, his standard bureau had drawers too high to see into while sitting.Finally, the hall closet was in need of a better way to keep Jims medicine withineasy reach.ClosetsByDesign makes it a point to coordinate the color of the furniture in the roomwhere the closet is to be installed. They describe the finished product as "furniturefor your closet."
The firm has 8 years of experience in building custom closets, home offices,pantries, laundries, garages, and hobby rooms.Located in Exton, Pa. the company serves clients in the Northeast Pennsylvaniaand Delaware areas.Vietnam ExperiencesIn between discussions and selections on sliding racks and shelves, McGuire toldClosetsByDesign personnel stories about his experiences in Vietnam.He was drafted into the army and sent to Vietnam in 1967, at the height of the TetOffensive. (Probably the worst of the fighting in Vietnam.)McGuire and two of his buddies were separated from their unit. They wereambushed. The Viet Cong were firing at them constantly.One of his platoon members was killed instantly when he stuck his head up to seewhere in coming fire was originating.A second buddy was also wounded.McGuire held him in his arms as he died, not even realizing that he, himself, hadbeen shot in the leg.McGuire later received a Purple Heart.Forty years after, McGuire started attending group sessions for PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder.Police DispatcherAfter military hospitals, and a return to Philadelphia, McGuire saw a newspaperad for Vietnam veterans for a police radio dispatcher. He was hired, and served for16 years.Then, he transferred to the Philadelphia prison system and worked at Holmesburgfor ten years.He has since retired.McGuire and his wife have two sons who are firefighters, one in New York and one
in Middletown. The son in New York was trapped in one of the towers on 9/11, gotout, continued to look for others trapped, and was on the team that rescued a man.He is a hero.Waterman says he welcomed this opportunity as a "Thank You" to McGuire for hisservice to our country. Jim and Lorraine told Waterman they are in awe thatsomeone would do this for them.ClosetsByDesign can be reached at 1-888-500-9205 (www.ClosetsByDesign.com).Contact:Joe Ball/Elena CruzACT, Inc.BalaCynwyd, PA484email@example.com://www.PhillyBizMedia.com