Kentucky Country Day senior Sumeer Brar helped break ground for a free home for a disabled veteran on Monday in Crescent Hill, a project he envisioned several years ago.
His family operates RTS Builders, and he ultimately decided to build a home for a vet, he said, at the house site on Idlewylde Drive, between Frankfort Avenue and Brownsboro Road. Coming home can be “incredibly difficult” for a vet, and a home could be a “starting point from which to build their life back up,” he said
Sumeer, an 18-year-old award-winning math and chess whiz who wants to begin pre-med studies next year, will contribute $20,000 to the project with proceeds from a book he wrote called “The Flaming Sword” that was published in 2007. He also is working to raise the rest of the money for the $100,000 project.
Paul Brar, Sumeer’s father, said the family bought the $33,000 lot and the company will pay for the construction, with help from donations by subcontractors and others. Sumeer and school friends will help with the building.
Representatives from Mayor Greg Fischer’s and U. S. Rep. John Yarmuth’s offices were on hand for the groundbreaking, as well as Al Klein, representing Compassionate Louisville and Interfaith Paths to Peace, and others.
The family is working through Marine Gunnery Sgt. Duane Cooke, who works with the Marine Corps’ Wounded Warrior Regiment from a home office in Pewee Valley, to find possible candidates for the home, which is expected to be built by this spring. Supporters hope the project can continue with the building of a home each year.
Among the others supporters is the Indian Professional Council, represented at the groundbreaking by Suhas Kulkarni, who also is director of metro government’s Office for Globalization.
“If this isn’t an act of compassion, I don’t know what is,” Kulkarni said.