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The Home Depot Foundation and Tunnel to Towers Renovate Marine Corps Veteran's Family Home

The Home Depot Foundation and Tunnel to Towers Renovate Marine Corps Veteran's Family Home

Published 11-23-22

Submitted by The Home Depot

Originally published on Built From Scratch

Major Tyler Tidwell spent 13 years as an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He was deployed three times in support of U.S. Central Command, and he participated in training and operations across numerous countries. Shortly after his last deployment in 2018, Tyler was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It has progressed rapidly, taking away his ability to speak and much of his physical mobility.

The Home Depot Foundation recently partnered with the Tunnel to Towers Foundation to renovate the Tidwell home into a smart home to fit his individual needs. Upgrades include ADA-compliant wheelchair ramps, automated doors, wider doorways, a wheelchair-accessible shower and more. Additionally, the mortgage on their home has been completely satisfied.

Tyler shares, “I think two of the biggest blessings in our lives have been our association with Navy football and the Marine Corps. It was these relationships that allowed us to connect with great organizations like The Home Depot Foundation [and] Tunnel to Towers.”

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation offers various programs to assist firefighters, military veterans and their families. Since 2011, the Foundation has invested more than $400 million in veteran causes and improved more than 50,000 veteran homes and facilities.

To learn more about our veteran initiatives, visit

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