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Lake Carolina, Hallmark Homes, Homes for Our Troops provide barrier-free home to wounded SC soldier
Jun 16, 2011

Columbia, S.C. (June 16, 2011) - Lake Carolina, Hallmark Homes and Homes for Our Troops will present the keys to a brand new, specially adapted home to Army SSG Ronell Bradley in Columbia, South Carolina on Saturday, June 18. 

David Tuttle, president of Lake Carolina Development and Hallmark Homes, said the two companies  "are very honored that SSG Bradley could have built his home anywhere, and he chose us.  We welcome him and his family as the newest residents of Lake Carolina." 

On his third deployment in September 2005, SSG Ronell Bradley lost both his legs and suffered severe hand injuries when his vehicle ran over an IED in Baghdad, Iraq.  The impact of the blast instantly severed his right leg, severely injured his left leg, and caused SSG Bradley's weapon to explode in his hand, resulting in the loss of his right thumb and palm. SSG Bradley has spent several years in physical therapy since his injury and now serves as Assistant Chief of Prosthetics in the Department of Veterans Affairs in Columbia, S.C.

The injuries to his legs and hand cause Ronell to rely on his wife Cynthia and stepsons to help him move around their current home in Evans, Ga. The new specially adapted home will feature large door openings and wide hallways, hard surfaced floors, a master bath with large roll-in shower, and much more. These features will allow Ronell to move around the house more independently and do basic activities around the house such as cooking and bathing.

 "Our current home is two stories and not very handicapped accessible. I am looking forward to the independence this home will bring me and my family," said SSG Bradley.

The home will be presented at no cost to SSG Bradley and his family thanks to the generous support from Homes for Our Troops, general contractor Hallmark Homes, professional tradespeople, countless volunteers, thousands of donations from numerous individuals, and the community of Columbia.

 Tuttle commented, "It was a real team effort between our trade partners, vendors and hundreds of volunteers who were willing to donate time and supplies. We couldn't have done it without them."

WHAT:         Key Ceremony for retired Army Staff Sergeant Ronell Bradley

          Tom Benoit, VP/Chief Financial Officer, Homes for Our Troops   Larry Gill, Homes for Our Troops Veteran Liaison David Tuttle, President of Hallmark Homes and Lake Carolina Development
, Butch Wallace, District Director for Congressman Joe Wilson Retired Army Staff Sergeant Ronell Bradley, full bio available at: www.homesforourtroops.org/RonellBradley

WHEN:          Saturday, June 18th, 9 a.m.: Program begins, key presentation, and home tour

WHERE:       227 Peninsula Way, Columbia, SC 29229

Media Note: To attend the Key Ceremony and/or request interviews with a Homes for Our Troops Representative or Ronell Bradley, please contact Brielle Day at 202.414.0789 or by email at [email protected]


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ABOUT LAKE CAROLINA Lake Carolina offers homes for sale from the low $100s to over $1 million and homesites from the $40s to $275+. Call 803-736-5253 or visit www.lakecarolina.com for more information.  

Situated on 1850 acres in Columbia, S.C., Lake Carolina has been named Community of the Year for ten years. With over six miles of shoreline on a 200-acre freshwater lake for swimming, fishing, sailing, boating and waterskiing; resort-style amenities; a Town Center with shopping, dining and professional services; Columbia's newest YMCA; 30+ miles of walking trails; and Richland 2 schools, the interconnected neighborhoods of Lake Carolina have become the new gathering place for Columbia families. Lake Carolina truly provides a place for its residents to live, work, learn and play.    

The Community of the Year award, which distinguishes communities for their special features, layout and location, is one of the highest honors given by the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia. Other judging criteria for this award include concept and theme, curb appeal and signage.


Building at Lake Carolina and in Inspired Communities, Hallmark Homes builds homes of distinction in thriving communities in Columbia, South Carolina. Our homes are designed for today's priorities. That means open kitchens that unite friends with the chef of the moment. It means master bedroom suites graced with comforts to help you escape the day's pressures. And it means community amenities and things to do that simply delight. No one offers more home - more life - than Hallmark Homes.   

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