We salute you.

Kohler associates “fall in” to honor the oldest living American World War II veteran.

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According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, fewer than 500,000 World War II American veterans are alive today. Mr. Lawrence Brooks, the oldest of the group, holds a special place in the hearts of associates in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Earlier this year, members of the National WWII Museum in New Orleans reached out to the Kohler Alliance of Veterans & Supporters (KAVS) Business Resource Group regarding Mr. Brooks and his need for a more accessible bathroom after a fall that left him wheelchair-bound. The team felt called to help.

Within just a few weeks, and in close partnership with our stewardship, sales and product specification teams, a KOHLER® walk-in shower and chair-height toilet were out the door and bound for Mr. Brooks’ home in New Orleans. From there, volunteers from the museum worked to retrofit his bathroom with the new products.

“A special thing about veterans is we love to take care of one another,” said Christine Perkins, KAVS President and Kohler HR Project Leader. “Mr. Brooks holds a special place in our hearts, and Kohler’s product donation is our way of giving back and making a meaningful difference for a man who’s served his country so honorably. Kohler’s capabilities in this area can do so much good and make such a difference in people’s lives.”

In celebration of  Mr. Brooks’ 110th birthday, the KAVS team organized a photo op for both veterans and supporters alike to honor him.

“We could think of no better way to celebrate this wonderful American hero than to render a proper salute,” said Keith Leistekow, KAVS member and Production Designer. “From our Kohler family to you. We proudly salute Mr. Brooks for his military service and extraordinary life.”


Mr. Brooks (pictured left) shares a warm greeting with a fellow veteran at his 110th birthday celebration. Photo courtesy of The National WWII Museum.
Mr. Brooks enjoyed a birthday serenade from the Liberty Bells amongst other national fanfare. Photo courtesy of The National WWII Museum.

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