Jacob enlisted in the Army in 1992, and served many deployments in combat zones, including Iraq and Afghanistan. He suffered several injuries, many with lingering side effects, before finally retiring in 2013. “There was no grand homecoming, no fanfare. Just a quiet ‘thank you’, and I retired. A hug and a whisper in my ear from higher-ups that they really didn’t think I would make it out alive,” Wolf told us.
At the Welcome Home reveal, Mayor Pappas spoke at the event, thanking Jacob for his service, and presented him with a certificate recognizing his service and contribution to the community of Atlantic Beach.
Above All Masonry also presented Jacob with a plaque on behalf of the Long Island community, recognizing his courage, heroism, and personal sacrifice during his service in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the global war on terror.
“The whole community really turned out to support our first Welcome Home project, and to show Jacob our gratitude for his service,” said Bono. “We really want to thank Jake, the owner of Speakeasy in Long Beach for providing refreshments, Tim at the Dough Hut for the awesome donuts, and all of our donor partners for helping to make this landscape remodel possible.”
Several Long Island landscaping companies contributed supplies and materials free of charge: pavers and wall stones from Unilock of Brewster; lava stone from MGO Stone of Islandia; landscape plantings from Garden Dept of Deer Park; masonry materials from Astro Masonry & Supply of Deer Park; and lighting fixtures from Kichler. Design services were provided by Designing With Elements of Bohemia, NY.