Pennsylvania Veteran Honored This Veterans Day

West Shore joins forces with nine home improvement companies nationwide on Baths for the Brave initiative

October 19, 2020 – Mechanicsburg, PA – According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 5.5 million U.S. veterans are living with a disability; many facing everyday challenges such as bathing. This Veterans Day, West Shore, a Pennsylvania-based home remodeling company that specializes in windows, doors and baths, is teaming up with nine home improvement companies from across the country on an initiative called Baths for the Brave. This one-day special event is planned for Wednesday, Nov. 8, and will provide ten veterans from across the country, including Gail Wise from Annville, Pennsylvania, with a brand-new tub or shower system, free of charge, to help improve the lives of those who sacrificed so much for our country. 

Wise is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served during the Cold War from 1981 to 1987. She was stationed in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, where she worked in the supply unit that served all aviation needs from nuts and bolt to jet engines. 

“While serving, I was hit in the head in an auto accident that left me in a coma for two weeks and paralyzed in a wheelchair,” Wise said. “I was supposed to be a vegetable, and I was supposed to die, but God still has plans for me. I’m so grateful and honored to have been chosen by West Shore for the Baths for the Brave program.”

“Providing a safe bathing environment and helping our nation’s heroes maintain their dignity and independence is the reason we wanted to get involved with Baths for the Brave,” B.J. Werzyn, President and owner of West Shore, said. “No one should have to worry about falling in their own tub or shower, so we’re proud to be a Baths for the Brave partner.”

Baths for the Brave stemmed from a similar initiative created by Tundraland Home Improvements, a Wisconsin-based home remodeling company, which has provided veterans in need and deserving families with remodeled bathrooms, standing wheelchairs and family vacations to Disney World, all free of charge. 

“Giving back is a fundamental way of life for us at Tundraland,” Brian Gottlieb, president and owner of Tundraland, said. “It’s more than what we do; it’s who we are. Our whole team is on board and passionate about it, so growing this program nationwide was something we were all very excited about. We’re thankful our partnering home improvement companies have similar values. Our hope is this initiative continues to grow so we may serve many more veterans in the years to come.”  

“We’re really excited to tell Gail’s story,” Werzyn said. “It is a great feeling to think that she will go to bed on Nov. 8, with peace of mind, knowing she is safe and independent. Baths for the Brave truly will improve her life.”  

The remodels across the country will all take place simultaneously. Additional participating companies include:

  • Alenco Home Improvement; Lenexa, Kan.  
  • Brytons Home Improvement; Winterville, N.C.  
  • Fairbanks Construction; Ocala, Fla. 
  • Hullco; Chattanooga, Tenn.  
  • MaxHome; New Orleans, La.  
  • NEWPRO Home Improvement; Woburn, Mass.  
  • Reborn Cabinets Inc.; Anaheim, Calif.  
  • Tiger Bath Solutions; Bolingbrook, Ill.  
  • Tundraland Home Improvements; Kaukauna, Wis.

For more information on Baths for the Brave, including more information about Wise; additional veteran stories from across the country; why each company wanted to get involved; and how you can follow this special event, please visit


About Baths for the Brave 

Baths for the Brave, a special event and partnership between nearly a dozen home improvement companies nationwide, provides veterans with newly remodeled baths or showers in an effort to improve their lives by making their bathrooms more accessible. This year’s remodels will take place for veterans across the country simultaneously on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, with parts of the installs captured in real time via Facebook Live. More information on Baths for the Brave is available



West Shore has made it their mission to be more than just a replacement contractor. West Shore specializes in windows, doors and bathroom remodels and is in the business of helping people love their homes. Every project West Shore does is completed with a customer-focused approach and attention to detail, making it possible for West Shore to guarantee that each customer has the best home improvement experience possible. For more information, visit