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Gen. Wesley Clark Announces Project H.E.R.O.

May 15, 2006

Gen. Wesley Clark (ret.), Chairman of Project H.E.R.O., launched a new program to improve the quality of life for veterans with disabilities. The Ohio home of Vietnam veteran Shelby Bowling is the pilot site for a new International Code Council Foundation (ICCF) program. Project H.E.R.O.—Homes Eliminated of Restrictions and Obstacles-brings together building officials, architects, engineers, businesses and other volunteers to help make the homes of veterans with disabilities accessible. ICCF is organizing state coordinators to mirror the pilot program across the country.

Bowling, an Air Force veteran, has diabetes and must use a motorized scooter to maneuver through his home. His house does not have an accessible entrance and his bedroom and bathroom are on the second floor-limiting his ability to access 50 percent of his home. The Project H.E.R.O. plans for Mr. Bowling’s home include an addition with an accessible entrance, a bedroom and bathroom.

Project H.E.R.O. Chairman Gen. Clark is one of the nation’s most distinguished retired military officers. During his 33 years of service in the United States Army, he held numerous staff and command positions and rose to the rank of four-star general and NATO Supreme Allied Commander.

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