Gary Sinise is well-known for his work with veterans and through his foundation, providing homes for those veterans and their families to help them get by more easily. Many of these veterans with smart homes are often disabled, missing limbs, in wheelchairs, and more. Sinise truly goes above and beyond to give back to those who serve.
Sergeant 1st Class Caleb Brewer of Tucson, Arizona is one of the many who have received a smart home personally from Gary Sinise. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2005 and between then and 2015, he would be deployed to Afghanistan. However, after stepping on an IED, he experienced life-threatening injuries and lost both of his legs as a result.
It wasn’t an easy time for Brewer. He also experienced serious infections, blood clots, and massive blood loss. He also experienced traumatic brain injury on top of it. After just four months, he managed to make astounding progress in rehabilitation and learned how to walk again using prosthetic legs. He would also develop a special workout room to aid his physical therapy and maintain consistent fitness.
Brewer now helps train disabled men and women who have a similar journey to his own. Word of what Brewer has been through and has accomplished reached Sinise, and boy, was Brewer in for a treat!
Sinise went ahead and made Brewer aware of the foundation’s program called RISE, which stands for Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment. This program is responsible for providing smart homes and other modifications to meet the needs of wounded veterans. Brewer applied and was approved for one of these homes!
Brewer now lives in his smart home with his wife and two daughters. “It’s incredibly overwhelming in a good way. It doesn’t feel real. I never would’ve expected it in a million years,” Brewer said.
The smart home features several functions that make living at home with disabilities such as Brewer’s much easier. These features include controls to adjust the stereo volume, to access cameras so they can see who’s at the door, and to open the blinds.
He has also said that the kitchen cabinets pull down so he can access them from his wheelchair. He says that the microwave is in a drawer and the oven is at chest-level as well.
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