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LAP&FCA Members Donate to Wounded Warrior Foundation

Bakersfield, CA — The back story involves Marine Corporal Jeremiah Thein, a 2009 graduate of Bakersfield High School, who married his high school sweetheart, Ashely, in 2011. But before getting married he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, dedicated to serving his country. In 2012, while on patrol with his Marine unit in Afghanistan, he became aware of an improvised explosive device that was endangering a fellow Marine. Without hesitation, he pushed aside his comrade but the IED detonated and Corporal Thein lost both legs. Following a long rehabilitation process in Germany and Washington DC, he returned to his hometown of Bakersfield.



A vacant lot was available and a local construction company, Northwest Builders, who embraces the pay it forward philosophy, willingly led the effort of building a permanent home for Corporal Thein and Ashley, and the baby they were expecting. LAPFCA member Terry Osburn of Wm. B. Saleh Company led the way to finish this needed project. Terry said, “When this opportunity was presented, how could I say anything but yes.” Northwest Builders was progressing with the construction and had arranged for the preliminary priming and “production” painting, but Terry went all in to provide the final finishes. He also recruited one of our Associate Members, Sherwin-Williams Company, to donate over 90 gallons of finish paint to insure a successful project. Terry and his crew of District Council #36 painters went to work. They applied finish paint to the walls, and accents, trim, moldings and exterior woodwork. Following this, the builder completed all the final touches, and the home was ready for occupancy. America has no more patriotic of days than July 4th, so it was only fitting that the Thein family be honored that day with the keys to their new home.

In a ceremony befitting a combat veteran, House Majority Leader-elect, Kevin McCarthey of Bakersfield, welcomed Jeremiah and Ashley with a moving and heartfelt speech. Over 200 persons from the community attended the open house, along with seventy US veterans on motorcycles supporting their fellow comrade in arms.


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