TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A wounded warrior in Tucson is receiving an incredibly generous gift; a specially adapted "smart" home designed for his needs.
United States Army Sergeant First Class Caleb Brewer cannot contain his smile as golden shovels break ground on the site of his future home.
The husband, and father of two young girls, says he feels blessed to be alive after he was nearly killed in December 2015 after a Taliban bomb blew up beneath him on his 31st birthday, "I feel like there's a reason I'm still here and I didn't die over there. I feel like there's a purpose in my life and I want to keep pushing on and find out what that purpose is."
The blast blew off one of his legs and caused extensive damage to the other, forcing doctors to amputate. Caleb gets around on two prosthetics and is ready to give back even more when the family dream home is finished, "There's going to be a small gym in an intimate environment, where I can bring people in wheelchairs, with nerve damage that makes it hard to walk. I can train them in physical fitness and that's my way of giving back."
It's taking a small "army" to accomplish the mission of building Caleb's home. Leading the charge is the Gary Sinise Foundation, founded by the actor himself, a man Caleb has much admiration and appreciation for, "It's not enough for me to say thank you and I think about one of the things he talks about when he talks about this program is that you can never do enough for someone but you always give a little more."
The Gary Sinise Foundation will have 66 homes either built or under construction for veterans like Caleb across the country by the end of this year through what's called the R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence-Supporting Empowerment) by providing specially adapted smart homes to America's most severely wounded heroes & their families.
R.I.S.E. also does home modifications, provides mobility devices, and adapted vehicles to injured, wounded, ill, and/or aging heroes from all military conflicts. Donations are always appreciated and you can help by clicking here - https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/donate?