When: Friday, July 13, 2018
9:30 a.m. (sharp) – 90-minute program expected.
* Army Capt. Nick Vogt (Ret) and family will be available for interviews following the event.

* EARLY FRIDAY MORNING: For live broadcastopportunities call 314-603-2866.

Where: Parking across the street at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church:

5742 State Road 61, Shelby, OH 44875

Who: United States Army CPT Nick Vogtgrew up in a small Catholic community in North Central Ohio and is the oldest of five siblings. At a very young age, Nick knew he wanted to join the military. He was accepted into West Point in 2006 where he began his formal training.

During his deployment to Afghanistan in 2011, Nick served as a Platoon Leader. On Nov. 12 of that yearhe and his team were on foot patrol when they discovered a weapons cache. While investigating, Nick 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.

Nick lost both legs at the hip, suffered severe brain injury, and was diagnosed with a seizure disorder. His recovery was extremely difficult with many complications preventing him from usinga wheelchair or adapting to prosthetics. He became frustrated with his new way of life.

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

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What: Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), partners with donors, Knights of Columbus, The Home Depot Foundation, Semper Fi Fund and Hope For the Warriors and its’ building partners, which include Shubert Design Furniture, Nortek Security & Control, National Wood Flooring Association, National Tile Contractors Association, GE, Sunbelt Rentals, Benjamin Moore, National Association of Home Builders, North American Moving Services, MAPEI, Broan-NuTone, American Airlines, Owens Corning, Huber Engineered Woods, Crossville Tile, Natural Stone Institute, Dentonsand James P. Finnegan Construction, Inc.These groups will join the greater Shelby, Ohio community in the Dedication Ceremony.

Why: 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 they’re 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. Through its R.I.S.E. programthe 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 for a wounded hero, their caregivers and their families. With a place to truly call home they will now be able to move forward with their lives.

Event Contact:

Chris Kuban

c: 314-603-2866

About the Gary Sinise Foundation:

The Gary Sinise Foundation honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. Through its R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), specially adapted smart homes are being constructed for severely wounded veterans and first responders nationwide. Each one-of-a-kind home is customized to ease the everyday burdens of a wounded hero, their family, and caregivers. Other programs include Relief & Resiliency Outreach, Invincible Spirit Festivals, Gary Sinise &the Lt. Dan Band, Arts & Entertainment Outreach, Serving Heroes, First Responders Outreach, and Soaring Valor. Its latest program, Snowball Express, serves the children of our fallen military heroes, surviving spouses, and Gold Star families. For more information, please visit