Photos: Wounded in Afghanistan, U.S. Army sergeant gets new 'Smart Home'
December 20th, 2019 | by Staff photos by C.B. Schmelter
U.S. Army sergeant's 'Smart Home'
Jason Smith was given a new, mortgage-free home from the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. The foundation, named for a fallen 9/11 firefighter, gave the new home to the wounded U.S. Army sergeant.
Smith lost both of his legs when he stepped on an improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan in 2012. The new "smart home" is wheelchair accessible with oversized doors and hallways, automated doors, customized bathrooms and a kitchen that features a stove that can raise and lower to wheelchair height.
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation's "Smart Home Program" gives their homes' owners "the physical freedom to live independently and the financial freedom to pursue their passions." Smith and his family previously lived in a home built in just under two weeks by the Steps 2 Hope organization in Ringgold, Ga.
The Smiths will soon move into their new Dunlap, Tenn., home.