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"Walls of Honor" event for Nick Vogt slated

• Jan 14, 2018 at 6:00 AM

SHELBY — The Gary Sinise Foundation will host a “Walls of Honor” event where veterans, community leaders, family and friends are invited to write inspirational and personal messages of gratitude on the walls of the new specially adapted smart home currently under construction for United States Army Captain Nick Vogt (Ret.) and his family.

The 45-minute event will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at 5742 Ohio 61, Shelby, with parking across the street at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. Captain Vogt and his family will be present.

Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), along with donors Knights of Columbus, The Home Depot Foundation and Semper Fi Fund, as well as building partners including Shubert Design Furniture, Core Brands, National Wood Flooring Association, National Tile Contractors Association, GE, Sunbelt Rentals,. Benjamin Moore, National Association of Home Builders, North American Van Lines, MAPEI, Broan-NuTone, American Airlines, Owens Corning, Crossville Tile, Natural Stone Institute, Dentons, and James P. Finnegan Construction, Inc., will join the greater Shelby community in this “Walls of Honor” Event.

Captain Nick Vogt grew up in a small Catholic community in North Central Ohio and is the oldest of five siblings. At a very young age, Capt. Vogt knew he wanted to join the military. He was accepted into West Point in 2006, where he began his formal military training. 

During his deployment to Afghanistan in 2011, Capt. Vogt served as a platoon leader. On Nov. 12, 2011, he and his team were on foot patrol when they discovered a weapons cache. While investigating, Capt. Vogt stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) which exploded upon impact. He was immediately rushed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, for treatment and was later transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for extensive surgeries.

Capt. Vogt lost both legs above the knee, suffered severe brain injury and was diagnosed with a seizure disorder. His recovery was extremely difficult with many complications preventing him from being in a wheelchair or adapting to prosthetics. He became frustrated with his new way of life.

A turning point came in June 2013 when he met his nurse, Lauren. They fell in love and married. Nick and Lauren currently reside in Crestline. They welcomed their first baby, Nathan, in February 2017. The Gary Sinise Foundation is proudly building them a specially adapted smart home, so Capt. Vogt can have the accessibility he needs to be independent.

The simple tasks of everyday life - climbing stairs, reaching a high shelf, getting in and out of the bathroom - are easy to take for granted. Because these tasks are done without a second thought, it’s impossible to imagine an inability to perform them. But that’s often the reality for our severely wounded heroes, where basic tasks are impossible obstacles and the enduring ambition of rehabilitation is to achieve a semblance of normalcy. Under its R.I.S.E. program, the Gary Sinise Foundation is building specially adapted smart homes for our nation’s most severely wounded veterans and first responders. We are constructing these one-of-a-kind homes all across the country, each for a wounded hero, their caregivers, and families. With a place to truly call home, they will now be able to move forward with their lives.

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