CHATHAM TWP. — Jared Bohley has dedicated many years to the U.S. Air Force, and Patios for Patriots wanted to honor that service with a special gift Bohley will hopefully still get to use in the coming weeks — weather permitting.
In a nod to the organization’s name, Bohley was gifted a new patio for his home to recognize him for his service. It was unveiled this week after weeks of volunteer work.
“We found Jared to be humble about his accomplishments and that was something that stuck out to us,” said Patios for Patriots project and services coordinator Rachel Workinger.
Bohley enlisted when he was a senior in high school and has served for about 18 years. He served four deployments overseas, going to war-torn places like Iraq, Jordan, Afghanistan and Qatar.
Bohley came from a military family, following in the footsteps of both of his grandfathers, father and uncle.
The house he lives in was his uncle’s home, Workinger said.
“His big thing was that this also carries on the legacy of his uncle’s deployment, especially because his uncle was a Vietnam veteran and did not always receive welcoming home and the thankfulness from the community,” she said.
When speaking to Patios for Patriots about his deployments, Bohley kept saying “It’s just my job,” according to Workinger.
Patios for Patriots, based in Orville, accepts nominations for its projects and received one on Bohley’s behalf, Workinger said.
“It was a friend of Jared’s parents,” said Amanda Bohley, Bohley’s wife, in regards to who nominated them for the project. “It obviously came as a huge surprise…we both are beyond happy.”
Lakota Concrete, a Medina company located at 7195 Branch Road, donated the labor and supplies to the project.
Andy VanBoxel, owner, said machines and supplies were donated by businesses in the community. He and his crew gave about 50 to 60 hours of their time over the course of the week and a half to complete the patio.
“Honored — very grateful and honored that they would consider us,” Bohley said when asked how he feels about the all-expenses paid gift. “We’re renovating the whole place … we always wanted to do a porch, but it just wasn’t in the budget so it was great when Patios (for Patriots) said they were going to come do this for us.”
Nomination applications for Patios for Patriots can be found at www.patiosforpatriots.org.