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Local veteran to receive specially adapted smart home

Posted at 6:49 AM, Feb 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-06 13:56:38-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - After about a year of construction, one Army veteran is now able to call a specially-adapted smart home his own, and it's all thanks to the Gary Sinise Foundation's work in Tucson.

Simple tasks we do every day, now just a bit easier for U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Caleb Brewer, who is now the proud owner of the home.

"Getting out of bed, being able to go to the bathroom, turning on and off the lights," says Chris Kuban, Gary Sinise Foundation. "We build these houses for veterans that are severely injured."

After a 2016 deployment in Afghanistan, Brewer suffered some major injuries.

"Caleb three years ago, stepped on an IED in Afghanistan which actually took his legs," says Kuban.

Now, thanks to prosthetics, brewer is able to walk, run, surf and even rock climb. But he still has some limits; that's why the Gary Sinise Foundation worked to give him more independence with this smart home.

"We ask our veterans where they'd like to live the rest of their life," says Kuban. "Caleb, with his injuries, he chose to live here; his family is here."

The home includes special appliances, countertops and an adaptive-shower that Brewer and his whole family can take advantage of.

"He has two little daughters and I'm sure he's going to be chasing them around this house," says Kuban.