INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — An unsung U.S. Army private who suffered countless head traumas during the Iraq war — leaving him with permanent, deafening ringing in his ears — is living more comfortably now that Goodman and local HVAC dealer Climate Control installed a new, energy-efficient Goodman brand heating and cooling system in his family’s home.
Casey Harrison, his wife Crystal, and their three daughters were living in an Independence, Missouri, home in need of repairs before getting a Military Makeover from the Lifetime Network reality television show. For the past two years, Goodman has partnered with local HVAC dealers to support Military Makeover by installing energy-efficient HVAC systems in veterans’ homes.
Harrison — who drove the lead convoy vehicles assigned to identify enemy bombs — and his team were among the first ones hit if a nearby IED detonated or gunfire rained down from enemy combatants. Living through repeated, close-proximity explosions and powerful shockwaves, Harrison suffered innumerable head traumas during his tours of duty, leaving him with relentless ringing in his ears.
"It's like someone is playing the high notes on a flute, except the person doesn't know how to play the flute, and it's all the time, it never stops, and it's deafening," Harrison explained.
To hold day-to-day conversations, Harrison wears a special hearing device that helps drown out the ringing. And like many veterans, he battles the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), hurting his ability to do tasks most take for granted, like answering a cell phone.
His home was another challenge. The exterior was never sealed properly. Windows leaked, making it difficult and costly to keep the home heated and cooled. Meanwhile, Harrison and two of his stepdaughters suffer from severe allergies that can be exacerbated by an improperly sealed home.
Now Harrison and his family have a newly updated home, thanks to Military Makeover, plus far better indoor comfort, courtesy of Goodman and Climate Control.
“We are proud to help Casey Harrison and his family tackle the challenge they faced to heat and cool their home,” said James Parson, owner of Climate Control. “By working with Military Makeover, we try to offer a helping hand to veterans like Casey that have sacrificed so much to serve their country.”
Military Makeover on Lifetime Network is a mini-series dedicated to helping veterans and their loved ones. Each episode brings together HVAC contractors, designers, landscapers, and other home renovation experts to transform the homes and lives of military families in need.
Casey Harrison’s Military Makeover will air on Lifetime Network. Episode one airs 7:30 a.m. EST Aug. 31 and Sept. 6; episode two at 7:30 a.m. EST on Sept. 14 and Sept. 20; episode three at 7:30 a.m. EST on Sept. 28 and Oct. 4; and episode 4 at 7:30 a.m. EST on Oct. 5 and Oct. 11.
Publication date: 8/23/2018