By: Greg Sacidor
After Hurricane Sandy made landfall almost five years ago, it left an incredible amount of damage in its wake. One person who experienced this damage firsthand was US Army veteran Jack MacIntosh and his wife Kathy, who are now receiving help courtesy of the Travis Manion Foundation.
Jack MacIntosh is a US Army veteran who served his country for two and a half years. In January of 1991 his unit was deployed to the Persian Gulf as part of the First Gulf War. It was there, where MacIntosh would receive three Bronze Star Medals, which are given to members of the United States Armed Forces for heroic achievement.
During his time in the Persian Gulf, MacIntosh was injured in the line of duty. Today, 25-plus years later, he still deals with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and nerve damage in his right arm due to a shattered elbow.
While many of us would look at MacIntosh as a hero, he does not view himself in such a light. During an interview with Bennett of Today’s 96.5, MacIntosh said he is “no hero,” but rather a “honest, hard working guy.”
Back in 2012 when Hurricane Sandy made landfall in our area, a number of homes were left damaged. One of those homes belonged to none other than MacIntosh and his wife Kathy.
After they were unable to receive assistance with the damage via their insurance company, Kathy turned to the Travis Manion Foundation, whose vision is to create a nation of purpose-driven individuals and thriving communities that are built on character.
Tina Tranauskas, Survivor Services Manager at the Travis Manion Foundation, said the letter Kathy wrote to the foundation looking for help was “quite the letter.” She said Kathy just poured her heart out. As a result, the Travis Manion Foundation decided to help the MacIntoshs.
They partnered with companies such as Sterling Kitchen, along with Kraftmaid Cabinetry, Queen Appliance, Imperial Marble and Pusey Electric to provide Jack and Kathy with a new state-of-the-art kitchen.
Thanks to A. Brooks Kanga Roof, Certainteed, Superior Supply and Gutter Solutions, the Travis Manion was also able to equip the MacIntosh’s home with a new roof, gutters, and insulation as well.
The official ribbon-cutting ceremony at the remodeled MacIntosh home will be held on Tuesday, April 25.
To see MacIntosh’s full interview with Bennett, check out the video below.