In recent years, US Air Conditioning Distributors has teamed up with Johnson Controls and some of their contractors to provide HVAC systems to America’s veterans via the Building Homes for Heroes Foundation. US Air firmly believes in giving back to the communities in which they operate, as a family-owned business they do their best to exemplify compassion for the people around them.
Johnson Controls, along with distributors and contractors nationwide, donated 12 HVAC systems, at over a $70,000 value in 2014. In 2015, 14 HVAC systems were donated, at over an $81,000 value. In 2016, 21 HVAC systems were donated at a value of $210,000.
Army Specialist Eduardo Fuentes-Bueno first joined the military when he enlisted in the US Marines in 2007. He was injured on February 26, 2012, in Afghanistan when the personnel security detail team he was attached to was attacked by civilians and enemy combatants. Fuentes-Bueno was struck in the left eye by shrapnel from a grenade. He suffered serious injuries to his frontal lobe of his brain and his left and right legs. US Air worked with George Brazil Services to get his new York HVAC system installed in Peoria, Arizona.
On April 2, 2012, USMC Corporal Joshua Lopez of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment was severely injured in Afghanistan when he stepped on an IED. With constant pain and limited function in his right leg, Corporal Lopez opted to undergo a procedure to amputate the right leg rather than try to salvage the limb. ASI Heating & Air and US Air Conditioning distributors provided the York system for his new home in San Marcos, Ca.
Army Staff Sergeant Marcos Jimenez joined the military to serve his country and to make his family proud. Ssgt. Jimenez was severely wounded on the morning of March 19, 2011, when the armored truck he was in was blown up by an improvised explosive device in the village of Pakhabe’Shana in Logar, Afghanistan. He had to be dragged out of the twisted wreckage barely conscious. Ssgt. He had multiple traumatic injuries and was comatose. He suffered a spinal cord injury, a fractured right tibia, a fractured left arm, and facial fractures. The damage to his right leg was extreme, but his leg was salvaged. He also suffered a traumatic brain injury and has been diagnosed with PTSD. US Air and WC We Care Plumbing, Heating & Air worked with Johnson Controls to donate a new HVAC system to Staff Sergeant Jimenez in Murrieta, Ca.
“The support of companies like Johnson Controls and its high quality heating and cooling distributors and contractors nationwide enables our organization to reach more veterans in need and help them begin to rebuild their lives.” -Chad Gottlieb, Director of Construction Development, Building Homes for Heroes.
Liz Haggerty, the Vice President and General Manager at Unitary Products Group, Johnson Controls says, “What better way for us as a company to live out our commitment to the communities where we live and work than by supporting the brave men and women who made tremendous sacrifices on our behalf to protect our way of life in these same communities?” US Air Conditioning Distributors couldn’t agree more.