Veteran group extends services to Carson City man |

Veteran group extends services to Carson City man

Completed wheelchair ramp at Vietnam veteran’s Carson City home. The Ramp was provided by WAVE.
Bruce Bertram Special to the R-C |

A native Nevadan and Vietnam veteran received a life-saving extension to his Carson City home.

Welcome All Veterans Everywhere (WAVE) received a grant from Home Depot to support a ramp installation project for the veteran’s home, according to Bruce Bertram, Chaplain of WAVE Chapter 388.

The veteran wished to remain anonymous.

“It’s for easier access in case there were an emergency, so that fire assistants and paramedics could easily get in to help him if he needed it,” said Bertram. “Another reason is it gives him exercise. After the ramp was built he called me up to say thank you for saving his life. He is now more mobile and active in his own home and that made me feel real good.”

WAVE is composed primarily of volunteers and veterans.

The group’s mission is to provide a welcoming, safe, nurturing, one-stop environment of professional services for veterans and their family members, said Bertram.

The group serves veterans throughout Douglas County, Carson City, Topaz and the Tahoe area, he said.

In the past, the group has completed various home repairs and upgrades for veterans, including converting two bathrooms for improved wheelchair access with added safety hand rails, higher toilets, new showerheads and wider doors.

Bertram said WAVE would not be able to provide many of its services if not for the generosity of the community and local businesses that provide the tools and support.

“We are thankful for the community and want to bring their interests to what we do because it really is a good thing,” he said. “We’ve had generous support from the Elks and the Jacks Valley Road Home Depot manager, Aarin Neilson, who continues to show support by providing us with wood, paint and other tools we need at no cost to the group.”

WAVE meets at 1 p.m. Mondays at the Douglas County Senior and Community Center, located at 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville.

Nevada Veterans Advocate service is offered certified by the Nevada Division of Veterans Services 9 a.m. to noon the first and third Friday of each month in the center’s conference room.

For an appointment, contact Bertram 775-790-0411. Drop-ins welcome. For more information, visit