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Press Release


Travis Dahlke

Klaus Larsen LLC


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Homecoming BBQ for Returning Combat Veteran

On September 16th, Sergeant First Class Dave Colafati will celebrate his homecoming from a nine month deployment to the Middle East AND his much-needed new roof, provided by Klaus Larsen, LLC. Through his Santa Klaus Project, Larsen is providing SFC Colafati a "home sweet home" environment while the Sergeant re-establishes his family bonds and reintegrates into his personal and work civilian life.

On Tuesday, August 16, prior to his homecoming, Klaus Larsen, LLC installed a new roof on Dave’s home as part of their community initiative, the Santa Klaus Project. It was a race against time with thunderstorms looming throughout the day and a beehive of activity outside, as Jeremy Minter, an Iraq War Veteran and project coordinator for Klaus Larsen, LLC, led his team of installers to complete the roof by days end.

On Friday, September 16, 2016, Klaus Larsen and local veterans will be celebrating Dave’s homecoming with a BBQ hosted by local pig roast master Pete the Butcher. For event details, visit santaklausproject.org. It will be an opportunity to thank him for all that he’s done for this country, and a chance to meet and celebrate with him. This is a true community effort, with local companies like Avery Soda, Sweet Claude’s Ice Cream, Gagnon Signs, and Suburban Sanitation Services, as well as local banks and national corporations, all contributing to support this effort. The US Veterans Motorcycle Club, who’s efforts have focused on helping fellow veterans, will also have a strong presence.

SFC Dave Colafati served honorably as an infantry platoon squad leader and is a seasoned combat veteran. Dave served two combat tours in Afghanistan, and as a leader, continues to process and reflect on the things he and his fellow Soldiers had experienced. Additionally, several of these warriors chose taking their own lives after returning home, one of which was a true friend to Dave. This event is also intended to serve as a reminder of the importance of thanking our veterans in the most appropriate and meaningful ways, ensuring access to PTSD treatment when needed, and supporting veteran suicide awareness and prevention.

Klaus Larsen, an immigrant from Denmark who founded a successful roofing company in Hebron, CT, has a goal of giving back to the country and community that allowed this success by donating one roof a month to a deserving local family.

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