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Giving back to those who have served so valiantly
Semper Solaris is deeply connected to our nation’s military, both past and present. So many men and women have given so much for our freedom, Semper’s founders, Kelly Shawhan and John Almond, felt strongly about giving back to our veterans and local communities. This desire was the genesis of the Semper Cares Initiative, an on-going program to help deserving veterans and their families with major home improvements. The Semper Cares Initiative has found tremendous support from local and national charitable groups. Semper has also put out the call to their suppliers and contractors and they have risen to the challenge. Owens Corning, Panasonic of North America, SolarWorld and SolarEdge have donated tens of thousands of dollars in material and personnel to our projects to date and have committed to supporting future Semper Cares Projects.

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Semper Cares for Veterans

Semper Solaris and The Semper Cares Initiative bring a military focus onto every job and mission. Humanitarian efforts have been part of American military history and this tradition continues with the Semper Cares Initiative. Learn more about our past projects and take part in selecting the target of our next effort, Project Charlie.

Project Alpha

SMP Carl Schffrina

Name: Carl Schaffrina

Service Branch: US Navy

Charitable Ally: Habitat for Humanity

Logistical Support: Owens Corning, Panasonic of North America, SolarEdge

Mission:

The Semper Cares Initiative was introduced to Carl through the efforts of Habitat For Humanity’s Veteran Programs. Carl served in the Navy for 12 years around the world as an Avionics Technician. After his discharge he returned to San Diego, where he met and married his wife, Jodi. Living in a residence owned by Jodi’s family for over 30 years, Carl recognized that the home was in desperate need of major repairs to the roof. Living on a fixed income from disability has made meeting their monthly bills harder and harder. The constant increases in electricity costs have hit their family especially hard.

Project Alpha

After-Action Review:

Kelly Shawhan, co-owner of Semper Solaris used his contacts within the industry to bring Owens Corning alongside to assist Project Alpha by donating all the materials to replace the roof on the Schaffrina home. A brand-new roof carrying a 50 year manufacturers warranty will ensure the Schaffrina family has a solid roof for the rest of their lives.  Panasonic, after hearing the story, agreed to donate a 5Kw solar power system for the Schaffrina home as well. SolarEdge has generously donated the inverter and associated hardware to complete the solar system. The employees of Semper Solaris, many former military, stepped up as well. Semper Solaris donated the logistic support (analysis and permitting) as well as all the installation personnel, labor and hardware. Carl and Jodi are humbled and appreciative of this support and look forward to no longer worrying about the rainy season and further increases in electricity prices. At the end of the project, Jodi commented, “I can’t wait to go to church on Sunday and tell them, you don’t have to pray for us any longer.  We received our blessing.”

Project Bravo

SMP Povas Miknaitis

Name: Povas Miknaitis

Service Branch: Marine Corps

Charitable Ally: Warrior Fooundation Freedom Station

Logistical Support: Solar World, SolarEdge

Mission:

Project Bravo was formulated to support former Marine Corps sniper, Povas Miknaitis. Miknaitis was wounded in Iraq by an IED, causing major damage to his head and face. Semper Solaris was introduced to Povas through the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station. WFFS operates a cutting-edge halfway house for wounded veterans, helping them reintegrate into the community.

Project Bravo

After-Action Review:

Semper Solaris called for help and SolarWorld responded with a new 5Kw solar power system for his home and SolarEdge again stepped up with the inverter and hardware to complete the job. For the installation, Semper Solaris’ call to action was answered by fellow Devil Dog Jason Spear and his firm, Combined Energy. Jason and his crew, including former military as well, donated all the labor to install. Semper Solaris is contributed the logistic support (analysis and permitting) as well as all the installation hardware.

Project Charlie

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Name: Paul Dugas

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Branch:
 Marine Corps

Charitable Ally: Panasonic

 

 

Mission:

The Semper Cares Initiative will be opening Operation Charlie to be completed on Veteran’s Day, Nov 11, 2018.  We are putting out the call to all citizens to help us identify a deserving veteran suffering from high energy prices or a failing roof over their head.  This is a chance to make a real difference in the life of a veteran. Fill out the form below and tell us about a deserving veteran from any service branch of the United States military and tell us how we can help.

Project Charlie

After-Action Review:

The results of this project is now in your hands. Tell us who needs the help.  Tell us why this person deserves our support.

 

Below “Nominate A Deserving Hero”

The Semper Cares Initiative was founded to help deserving veterans get relief from high electricity prices by blessing them with energy independence and the security of a secure roof over their head. We need the help of the public to identify these warriors and help us tell their stories and make a difference in their lives.

 

Below “Your Information”:

Please tell us how we can reach you with any questions should your nominee be selected.

 

Below “Tell Us How We Can Help”

Please tell us about your nominated veteran, their history, their situation and how support from The Semper Cares Initiative could change their lives.

Project Alpha

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Name: Carl Schaffrina

Service Branch: US Navy

Charitable Ally: Habitat for Humanity

Logistical Support: Owens Corning, Panasonic of North America, SolarEdge

Mission:

The Semper Cares Initiative was introduced to Carl through the efforts of Habitat For Humanity’s Veteran Programs. Carl served in the Navy for 12 years around the world as an ...Read More
The Semper Cares Initiative was introduced to Carl through the efforts of Habitat For Humanity’s Veteran Programs. Carl served in the Navy for 12 years around the world as an Avionics Technician. After his discharge he returned to San Diego, where he met and married his wife, Jodi. Living in a residence owned by Jodi’s family for over 30 years, Carl recognized that the home was in desperate need of major repairs to the roof. Living on a fixed income from disability has made meeting their monthly bills harder and harder. The constant increases in electricity costs have hit their family especially hard.

Project Alpha

After-Action Review:

Kelly Shawhan, co-owner of Semper Solaris used his contacts within the industry to bring Owens Corning alongside to assist Project Alpha by donating all the materials to replace ...Read More
Kelly Shawhan, co-owner of Semper Solaris used his contacts within the industry to bring Owens Corning alongside to assist Project Alpha by donating all the materials to replace the roof on the Schaffrina home. A brand-new roof carrying a 50 year manufacturers warranty will ensure the Schaffrina family has a solid roof for the rest of their lives. Panasonic, after hearing the story, agreed to donate a 5Kw solar power system for the Schaffrina home as well. SolarEdge has generously donated the inverter and associated hardware to complete the solar system. The employees of Semper Solaris, many former military, stepped up as well. Semper Solaris donated the logistic support (analysis and permitting) as well as all the installation personnel, labor and hardware. Carl and Jodi are humbled and appreciative of this support and look forward to no longer worrying about the rainy season and further increases in electricity prices. At the end of the project, Jodi commented, “I can’t wait to go to church on Sunday and tell them, you don’t have to pray for us any longer. We received our blessing.”

Project Bravo

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Name: Povas Miknaitis

Service Branch: Marine Corps

Charitable Ally: Warrior Fooundation Freedom Station

Logistical Support: Solar World, SolarEdge

Mission:

Project Bravo was formulated to support former Marine Corps sniper, Povas Miknaitis. Miknaitis was wounded in Iraq by an IED, causing major damage to his head and face. Semper Solaris ...Read More
Project Bravo was formulated to support former Marine Corps sniper, Povas Miknaitis. Miknaitis was wounded in Iraq by an IED, causing major damage to his head and face. Semper Solaris was introduced to Povas through the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station. WFFS operates a cutting-edge halfway house for wounded veterans, helping them reintegrate into the community.

Project Bravo

After-Action Review:

Semper Solaris called for help and SolarWorld responded with a new 5Kw solar power system for his home and SolarEdge again stepped up with the inverter and hardware to ...Read More
Semper Solaris called for help and SolarWorld responded with a new 5Kw solar power system for his home and SolarEdge again stepped up with the inverter and hardware to complete the job. For the installation, Semper Solaris’ call to action was answered by fellow Devil Dog Jason Spear and his firm, Combined Energy. Jason and his crew, including former military as well, donated all the labor to install. Semper Solaris is contributed the logistic support (analysis and permitting) as well as all the installation hardware.

Project Charlie

Name: ???

Service Branch: ???

Charitable Ally: YOU!!

Mission:

The Semper Cares Initiative will be opening Operation Charlie to be completed on Veteran’s Day, Nov 11, 2018. We are putting out the call to all citizens to help us identify a ...Read More
The Semper Cares Initiative will be opening Operation Charlie to be completed on Veteran’s Day, Nov 11, 2018. We are putting out the call to all citizens to help us identify a deserving veteran suffering from high energy prices or a failing roof over their head. This is a chance to make a real difference in the life of a veteran. Fill out the form below and tell us about a deserving veteran from any service branch of the United States military and tell us how we can help.

After-Action Review:

The results of this project is now in your hands. Tell us who needs the help. Tell us why this person deserves our support. Below “Nominate A Deserving Hero” The Semper Cares ...Read More
The results of this project is now in your hands. Tell us who needs the help. Tell us why this person deserves our support.

Below “Nominate A Deserving Hero”:
The Semper Cares Initiative was founded to help deserving veterans get relief from high electricity prices by blessing them with energy independence and the security of a secure roof over their head. We need the help of the public to identify these warriors and help us tell their stories and make a difference in their lives.

Below “Your Information”:
Please tell us how we can reach you with any questions should your nominee be selected.

Below “Tell Us How We Can Help”:
Please tell us about your nominated veteran, their history, their situation and how support from The Semper Cares Initiative could change their lives.

Nominate A Deserving Veteran

The Semper Cares Initiative was founded to help deserving veterans get relief from high electricity prices by blessing them with energy independence and the security of a secure roof over their head. We need the help of the public to identify these warriors and help us tell their stories and make a difference in their lives.

Tell Us About Your Hero (San Diego homeowners only)






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Your Information

Please tell us how we can reach you with any questions should your nominee be selected.