Veterans group Guns to Hammers aims to help wounded warriors
By Andrew Shepperson
J.R. Smith and Kevin Jackson of Guns to Hammers (Photo: WHEC)
After hitting the road to raise some funds, veterans group Guns to Hammers has landed back in Texas and is ready to help wounded warriors.
The non-profit organization was founded by former Marine J.R. Smith and aims to help remodel the homes of wounded veterans so that they are Americans with Disabilities (ADA)-compliant.
Smith decided to focus his energy on the non-profit after founding a successful Houston remodeling company, H-Towne & Around Remodelers, Inc.
Smith, along with fellow former Marine Kevin Jackson, set out on the road in a red, white and blue Jeep at the end of May to try and bring awareness to their group.
Saturday night, they arrived back in San Antonio and plan on getting started with their work right away, News 4 San Antonio reported.
“I’d love to be able to help a veteran in a wheelchair and modify his home so he can live more independently,” said Smith, before taking off on the trip.
The home of Navy veteran Otis Rankin, who served on a ship off the coast of Vietnam, will be the group’s first project.
Rankin was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease back in 2005 and his family fears he