Korean War veteran receives free bathroom upgrade

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Veterans across the country received bathroom upgrades today, free of charge

The initiative is called Baths for the Brave, and it began right here in Northeast Wisconsin. 

In Menasha, a veteran who received recognition for his bravery in Korea, got a much needed bathroom upgrade, completely free of charge.

His name is Norman Bodway, and he is a veteran of the Korean War.

During his time in the service, Bodway earned a Bronze Star for his heroic actions, that saved the lives of many wounded Marines.
Brian Gottlieb, president and owner of Tundraland Home Improvements and found of Baths for the Barve says, “When you talk about a difference maker, that’s Norm. Norm’s saved lives of his fellow marines and yet he has a bathroom he simply can’t use.”

Norman and his wife, Millie’s, old bathroom was no longer safe for the couple to use. Millie has previously fallen in the bathroom.

Norman said that it will be nice to be able to step into the shower, instead of having to take a bath.

Of his brave actions, which involved pulling wounded marines who were fired upon as they attempted to lay out barbed wire to safety, Norman said that he would do it all again.

But Norman wasn’t the only veteran who received a bathroom upgrade today, a total of ten veterans across the country received bathroom updates, free of charge.

Gottlieb says that his company has lined itself with nine others from Florida to California, and each of those companies gave a veteran a much-needed bathroom upgrade today.

Organizers say they’re not done yet, they hope to make baths for the brave even more far reaching

“This is just the beginning,” Gottlieb said. “We believe we can make this a 50 state program.” 

But for now, here in Northeast Wisconsin, Norman is happy to have a new bath, by the end of the day.

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