The Northeast Region is getting things in order to start a Deck For A Soldier® build in New Jersey. This is a wrap around porch and roof on a home in Bloomingdale, NJ. The soldier was honorably discharged with a severe back injury after serving two tours in Iraq. This Veteran has been commander of VFW and American Legion posts. He has attended over 2000 Veteran funerals. He has a son who is wheelchair bound with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.We will be submitting the permit application in the next week or so. We are asking for labor and material pledges for this project. Following are some of the materials we will need:
Their deck is in bad shape and needs to be replaced. This veteran has done two tours in Iraq and has been commander of VFW and American Legion posts. He has attended over 2000 veteran funerals.
2 – 14″ – 16″ concrete form tubes
24 – bags concrete mix
pressure treated 2″ x 8″ lumber
300 – 320 sq. ft. of composite decking48 – 50 lineal feet of railing,
6 – 8′ post wraps
Fir framing lumber for the roof and ceiling
plywood, felt paper, roof shingles, gutter and leader pipe,
It’s been 10 years since the first D4S build. Time sure does fly by. One of the goals on NADRA’s strategic plan set for 2018, was to create a new logo for the beloved Deck for a Soldier® program.
The new logo was completed ahead of schedule & we couldn’t wait to share it with you.
The best part? A second logo was created for all NADRA members who make a pledge and support the program. An exclusive “Proud Supporter” logo will be available to current members in the coming weeks. The D4S committee will be organizing this project and sending the logos soon. They will be available in color, black and white.
If you haven’t made a pledge, but would like to, you can fill out the form here. It is important for you to fill out this pledge form so your information goes into the Deck for a Soldier® database. For those of you that pledge, please feel free to market the fact that you support NADRA’s Deck for a Soldier® program. This can help you market your products while you help us market this great program. You can also find sponsorship opportunities on the pledge form at the bottom. Monetary pledges are very much needed at this time. Please consider this option when making your pledge. A 2018 Proud Supporter logo will be sent to all members who make a pledge.
Thank you in advance for supporting this great cause that is very near to all of our hearts!
I am extremely pleased to let everyone know that the Northeast Regions Deck for a Soldier® build went very smoothly and was completed in four days. The build started on Monday, January 16th, 2017 with a crew from three separate builder member companies. We installed the Trex Elevations steel framing, along with the help from several Trex and distributor representatives. Tuesday was supposed to be a wash-out of a rainy day, but several of us gathered, installed the stairway platform and cut all of the stair stringers. Wednesday, we had crews from four builder members and we installed the decking, stairways, some fascia trim and the Andersen sliding door. We also had representatives from Fortress Railings, Fiberon, and AZEK helping out. Thursday, we had two crews, plus representatives from Trex, Wolf Home Products, Fortress Railings and Excelsior Lumber, Inc. that helped install the last of the fascia trim and the railings. We were lucky enough to have spiked the interest of a local newspaper and also the TV station News 12, New Jersey. We also received coverage from The Daily Record, you can read more & see photos / video here.
Our Soldier was extremely thankful and really could not believe that a program like ours exists. He was overwhelmed when wheeled out on the deck for the first time and was able to look around his neighborhood. Kyle added: “The Deck for a Soldier® program has been top notch. Really great crew. I couldn’t even imagine something like this existed where people are just giving away decks for people but it does,” Chappell says.
I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, everyone involved in this project for their time and materials. Many gave so freely to this project that it was inspiring to all. I continuously heard the following words, “Whatever you need for this project, just let us know”. We certainly could not have gotten this project done without the support of the best team in the decking industry. NADRA Rocks!!
NADRA National Deck For A Soldier Committee – Chair Person
Listed below are all of the companies and individuals who donated their time and materials:
– Trex Decking & Steel Framing
– Fortress Railings
– Simpson Strong Tie
– Starborn Industries
– Eastern Engineered Wood Products
– Excelsior Lumber
– Abbe Lumber
– Fox Lumber
– Zuidema Portable Toilets
– Boonton Township
– Jeff Fleischer, Architect
– Lunch was provided by Trex, CPG/AZEK, Fiberon and the Soldier’s mom
– C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC
– My Deck
– Barrett Outdoors
– Deck Remodelers
– Legends Built
– All American Decks
– North Jersey Custom Decks
– Decks by Kiefer
Bob Kiefer & Helper
Tim Van Vaketis
– Manufacturers Reserve Supply
– Fortress Railing
– Wolf Home Products
– Excelsior Lumber
– Mid-State Lumber
January 18th, 2017 UPDATE:
Well, everything has fallen into place and we were able to start our Deck for a Soldier® build in Boonton Twsp., NJ on January 16th! The Township has waived the permit fees except for the DCA fee. We’ve had a local builder member offer to help out and dig the footing holes on Saturday 1/7/17.
We had a footing inspection on 1/11/17 and we completed the pour right after that along with the bottom of the stairway landing. We have several builders lined up to help out with this build for the four days that we anticipate the build to take, but we can always use more. If anyone else wishes to help out please go online to fill out a pledge form found here, or contact Bruce V. at BruceVerb@njdecksandrailings.com.
Thanks to our awesome manufacturers, distributors and lumberyards, all of the necessary materials have been donated. Be on the lookout for pictures and more on NADRA’s Facebook page.
Bruce Verblaauw NADRA National – Deck for a Soldier ® Committee Chair
January 4th, 2017 UPDATE:
We want to start out by wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!!
We just wanted to let everyone know that we will be starting the Deck for a Soldier® build in Boonton, NJ on January 16th, weather permitting. This project is located a little way off of Route 287 about 10 minutes north of Morristown, NJ. This deck will be built using Trex Elevations Steel Framing, so if any of you would like to learn some of the ins and outs of working with this product, please let us know so we can schedule you to volunteer to frame. Of course we will need help for about 4 days in order to complete this build and help tying up loose end to finish is always needed. If you have already filled out a labor pledge, please let us know what day(s) that week work best for you or your crew. We are also hoping to dig and pour the 10 footings required for this deck either late next week or very early the following week so that the concrete has time to cure before we start building. We would appreciate if we could get a few guys to help dig these footings. We have some builders but can still use a few more to step up and help out with this build. If you are interested in helping and have not notified us or completed an online labor pledge, please email us or click on this link. We will try to keep a steady flow of help on the project so that we do not have too many workers on any given day.
Thanks to all of our manufacturers, distributors and lumberyards, all of the materials have been accounted for. The one thing that has not been supplied yet is a Porta-John.
As we hear back from each of you, we will put together a schedule that best fits the needs of the build and will be back in touch with you soon.
Thank you very much for your support and help,
Judy Verblaauw (on behalf of)
NADRA National Deck For A Soldier® Committee Chair
December 2016 UPDATE:
With the holidays just around the corner it is the time of year to think about giving in the old fashioned tradition for the holidays, donating to a great local cause and giving back to the community where we make our living. The NADRA Deck for a Soldier® program is about to kick off it’s Northeastern build on 1/16/17, weather permitting. We are planning to get a start right after the first of the year and install the footings prior to this build date. We have almost all of the materials accounted for except for some concrete form tubes, a Porta-John, and some small hardware. If anyone can help us with these last few things it would be greatly appreciated. Lastly, we can still use a few more builders to step up and help out with the build. If anyone can donate time to help out on this project please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can fill out the online form to make your pledge of material, labor or even a monetary pledge for various unexpected expenses right here.
We will start to send out emails in order to figure out who can help on which day in the near future. This will keep a steady flow to the project and keep from having too many workers on any given day.
Well, the Deck for a Hero® project here in Atlanta is complete and it was by all measures a huge success. The homeowners, Andy and Martha Cook and children, are thrilled. Overall, this was a straightforward build, maximizing square footage for the family and offering a wide stair design with a mid-landing and 90-degree turn, something that was very important to the family. Along with all the premium products donated for this deck build, we also were able to install an under deck system. Together, they now have almost 800 square feet of new outdoor living space!
I’m honored to have had the opportunity to lead this project and have to say thank you to everyone who was involved. Collectively, everyone who participated gave generously to make this project successful. You folks certainly made it easy and it was a lot more fun than work.
November 22nd, 2016 UPDATE from Deck for a Soldier / Hero Chair:
Hi All,NADRA Southeast has certainly given a wonderful family every reason to be thankful this season. They built an amazing deck for a family who had three children of their own and adopted seven more, totaling 10 children. Wow, they must be some very busy parents just keeping up with day to day life with all of those kids! A sincere thank you goes out to everyone involved for your generous labor and material pledges that allowed this build to happen. Giving back to a person’s community is always rewarding and leaves you with a heartwarming feeling. A special thank you must go out to Craig Dickerson of Decksource who took on the difficult task of leading this project. Thank you to all of the manufacturers, distributors, lumberyards and deck builders who all pulled together to make this deck a reality.Following is a list of the builders and companies who were generous enough to make this happen:
Craig Dickerson- Decksource
Steve Matrangos- Decksource
Rachel Stevens- Decksource
David Felix – Decksource
Jose Rodriguez – Decksource
Abraham Paz – Decksource
Otoniel Campos – Decksource
Dave Tibbetts- Atlanta Fence and Deck
Aldo Bellagas – Atlanta Fence and Deck
Alfredo Lopez –Atlanta Fence and Deck
Keith Compton – Compton Sales
Dave Raught – Great Southern
Joel Mooneyhan – SE Underdeck
Kevin Waters- PMC
Chipper Cronia- Great Southern
Shane Moser- Decksouth
Alex Acevesamaya- Decksouth
John Rudick – Outback Decks
John Hula- Outback Decks
Glen Tebo – HidFast
Joey Matthews Fiberon
Great Southern Wood Preservers
Higginbotham Steel & Engineering
PEP Construction services / USP
Metro Building Products
Johnny On The Spot
What a great way to enter the Thanksgiving holiday, with a story like this one. It gives a new hope in today’s world of people helping people just to do the right thing. This is where the NADRA phrase fits right in “Doing things for all the right reasons and having fun doing them.”
NADRA ROCKS!!NADRA Deck for a Soldier/ Deck for a Hero Committee Chair
November 16th, 2016 UPDATE:
Day one was yesterday and we demolished the old deck and set the ledger and poured some footings in preparation for today’s (Wednesday) build. Hoping to wrap it up in one day for this deserving family. Things went well. Looking forward to a good day tomorrow with a good head start. I know the family is excited as the kids peered through the windows as we were working. Looking forward to them seeing the final result.
On another note, the city of Peachtree Corners is pretty excited and will have their PR person there and will be taking pictures and publishing something on their community news outlets. Good exposure for NADRA.
-Craig Dickerson, Deck Source
November 8th, 2016 UPDATE:
NADRA Southeast Regions Deck For A Hero® build is just one week away. We wanted to take this time to invite all members to participate in this great cause. We have a great family that needs and deserves a safe and fun outdoor living space. Feel free to contact Joey Matthews with any and all questions. The Cook family story is below.
We are still working on lunch for build day, if you would like to contribute please fill out the official pledge form found here.
Address: Peachtree Corners, Ga 30092
Contact Joey for complete address. Contact: Joey Matthews, 678-478-1637
NADRA’s Deck for a Soldier® program is proud to announce its’ latest endeavor with an all new Deck for a Hero® build in Georgia! The recipients are a family who had three biological children and adopted two more children. They have just recently adopted five more children who lost their parents and their church was planning to send them to three separate homes. These kind people, who run a non-profit organization to help Orphan and Foster children, could not find it in their heart to allow this to happen. Please help NADRA build a fairly basic deck and stairway which will allow these ten children and parents some additional outdoor space.
They are a family of ten – 7 adopted and 3 biological. Andy and Martha are the parents and several years ago Andy left his job of teaching and coaching to head up a Non-Profit Ministry called Promise 686. He has devoted his life to helping meet the needs of Orphans and Foster children. He and Martha have a God directed heart toward this ministry that they exhibit in their work and at home. Late last year they adopted 5 beautiful children to add to the 5 they already had. I’ll let Martha’s sentiments from her family Blog of November 2015 tell you what that was like for them:
Typically when a family like this crosses our path through Promise686, we share with many others and watch it unfold for various people, but this one in particular did not keep going. They are 17(girl), 14 (girl), 12 (boy), 10(boy), and 2(boy). When we learned of them, their mother was dying of cancer, and their community church had a plan in place for these children to go to three different homes. The mother wanted her children to stay together but after looking for a family for them, she knew as she passed away that there were a few families who were willing to take them, but there wasn’t one where it would work to keep them all together daily. As you can imagine, for us having five children already, the story resonated, especially imagining if I died, and then picturing all of our children being split into various homes. We also imagined what it would be like for them to be separated from the 2 year old that they have helped care for the last two years while their mother was so sick. Their mom passed away six weeks ago and the children are being cared for by two great families within their church as of today. The decision was made on Monday for them to all come to our home in two weeks and for the 2 year old to come on Sunday…….
Our next step is to get our home ready for these children. Also, we’ll be figuring out the short term legal details of guardianship along with the long term adoption process. There’s a lot that has to happen with time.
We invite you to partner with us in any way you feel led. We could not say yes to a life altering decision such as this, without knowing we have people like you, layer upon layer behind us. It feels like an army to us where we know that when we are need, you all are right behind us holding us up.
The Cook family has experienced a tremendous blessing throughout the last year and with God’s help they are all beginning a lifetime of becoming a family. Their needs on a daily basis are many. But one need that we can help them with is a new Deck. Their old one is falling apart and needs extensive repair or replacing. I am hopeful that we as NADRA can come alongside them and offer a Deck for A Hero.
The New Jersey Deck for a Soldier® build is for a young soldier who served in the Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2007 – 2011 and was in the Inactive Reserve from 2011 – 2015. A little over a year ago, he was on his way to work one morning as an electrician apprentice on his motorcycle when he was hit by an elderly gentleman. He was in a coma for 45 days and was left with nerve damage in his eyes and right leg. He lost part of his left leg. His mom had to quit her job to help take care of him. Friends all joined together to donate money to help him buy a house, but it only has a front entrance and no outdoor living space. We are planning on installing a sliding door in the kitchen and a deck on the rear of the home to give them a second entrance, as well as, a place to enjoy the outdoors.
We have the deck framing, decking and railings. We are still in need of:
A door, The framing, insulation and trim necessary for the door install
Wood posts to support the deck
Monetary donations for small items
If you feel moved to help with this project, please go to the NADRA website and fill out the online pledge form, it would be greatly appreciated.
Here is the design for this project so far:
October 2016, Deck for a Soldier® Update:
NADRA New Jersey volunteers are still looking for additional material, labor and especially, monetary pledges, for the upcoming Deck For A Soldier® project in New Jersey. We do have quite a few decking material pledges but are still in need of some items like hardware, a sliding door, money for permit fees and builders to help with the labor. This build is for a young soldier who did two tours of duty and was severely hurt in a motorcycle accident after he returned home. We are planning to start this build in mid – late December. We are looking for material and labor donations to help with this project. If you would kindly go to the NADRA website and fill out the online pledge form, it would be greatly appreciated.
NADRA Deck for a Soldier®/Deck for a Hero® Committee Chair
November 2, 2011 | Heather Beaudry, NADRA’s National Program Coordinator, ended the annual NADRA meeting and awards ceremony by challenging each person in the room to make a pledge. Most of you have heard of NADRA programs like education and the master deck builder certification. You’ve heard about deck safety month, code, testing and NADRA’s Deck for a Soldier® program. You love the ideas; you want to stand behind them. You want to be part of the passion. But more than likely, you attend NADRA events and shows like DeckExpo leaving with new prospects and reaffirmed customers. You leave with great memories and a renewed sense of enthusiasm for our industry… and that’s great. But we’re asking for more.
Take what you have seen and heard from NADRA’s annual meeting, take what you’ve learned from being involved with your industry association and Pass it on. Make a pledge.
What’s a pledge? “…it’s a solemn promise or undertaking.” Here is a list of some examples:
• Make a pledge to lend your creative team to NADRA
• Make a pledge to send NADRA’s eNews (the Industry brief and The BUZZ) to all of your contacts
• A pledge to add NADRAs logo to your marketing and packaging
• How about a pledge to help us with PR and distribution?
• A pledge to get your engineers involved in code
• Make a pledge to sign up just one new member!
• A pledge to have each of your representatives join NADRA under the branch category
• A pledge to support NADRAs 2012 regional education tour
• A pledge to donate your air mileage to help offset travel expenses
• Make a pledge to do the right thing… for the right reason.. and have some fun doing it!
• If you are not a NADRA member, make a pledge to join!
So, in the days and weeks ahead, fill out a pledge form. Call headquarters and talk to the team. Tell us more about yourself and your company and let’s work together… because a small pledge from each of you will make all the difference. It’s called… The Power of One.