Ken Mara is president and CEO of World Wide Security of Garden City, NY.
On Memorial Day, we remember those who gave their lives bravely serving our country. Daily we see the effects of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as some of our troops return injured to a life of uncertainty. Home and professional lives are often completely disrupted; it’s a very challenging time for our men and women coming home.
Through our new construction security division Rainbow Protection, World Wide Security joined the effort to make the return home a better one for Long Island veterans. We partnered with the Long Island Home Builders Care Development Corp (LIHBCDC), an organization that acquires land and builds homes for returning veterans. Each finished home is a three bedroom, two bath, full basement ranch with an attached garage and it is customized to fit the needs of each heroic veteran.
In the fall of 2012, Sergeant Ryan Donnelly who served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan moved into his new home in Lake Ronkonkoma, New York. He was chosen to receive this home because he is a Purple Heart recipient. During his last tour in Iraq, while on patrol in Fallujah, his Humvee was struck by an IED. He received a Purple Heart for his actions during the attack, but was also badly wounded requiring over two years of rehabilitation.
When the sergeant moved into his home, many of the items were donated or provided at very reduced costs. World Wide Security, through Rainbow Protection, donated a Tuxedo Touch home control panel along with all the labor and materials for the security and fire alarm system. The LIHBCDC has broken ground on six future home sites for our veterans. World Wide Security will be joining the effort to participate in bringing the best possible technology to keep our veterans safe and provide them with peace of mind on U.S. soil.