Local NADRA chapter breaks ground on deck for soldier

The New Jersey chapter of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) is set to break ground on its first “Deck for a Soldier” project, the Millstone, N.J.-based chapter announced.

Construction begins the first week in November on a deck in Green Brook, N.J., and is expected to be completed before Thanksgiving. The recipient is Herman Cabeza, an Army ranger who lost a limb in Vietnam and has been living with his son’s family since suffering a stroke in 2001.

NADRA started its Deck for a Soldier program in 2007 as a way to “give back to the men and women of our armed forces.” There have been three projects completed by the Quakertown, Pa.-based organization -- in Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Maryland. The NADRA New Jersey chapter was formed in 2008.

NADRA New Jersey chapter president Gus de la Cruz is the general contractor for the Green Brook project. Volunteers from the New Jersey chapter are donating labor, materials, tools, trucks, dumpsters and food for the ribbon cutting, which is scheduled for Nov. 18 at the Cabeza home.  

“In coordinating Mr. Cabeza’s deck, it has truly been rewarding to see all of the manufacturers and contractors from various local areas pull together to donate labor and materials,” said Lainie Sleppin, vp-NADRA New Jersey chapter and a decking specialist team leader at Parksite, a building materials company. “It is only with the help of everyone involved can we make these projects happen.”

NADRA is a not-for-profit corporation that serves as a unified source for the professional development, promotion, growth and sustenance of the deck and railing building industry in North America.  

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