The Gary Sinise Foundation has supplied 79 highly modified houses to seriously injured warriors since its beginnings.
Retired Army Sgt. Christopher Kurtz is just one of the people who have benefited from Gary Sinise’s charitable efforts.
Kurtz requested for a four-bedroom, three-bath house two years ago. This past March, he and his family were given a life-changing gift: a new smart house designed just for Kurtz’s requirements.
Kurtz joined the Army in 2009 and was sent to Afghanistan’s Arghandab River Valley region by June 2010.
He was on foot patrol in December of the same year when a remote IED denoted near him. It launched him 60 feet into the air.
He lost two fingers, shattered his pelvis in many places, and required both legs amputated above the knees as a result of the explosion.
In 2013, he was medically retired from the Army.
Returning home as a wounded warrior offered several obstacles, one of which was the physical limitations he now faced. And this was most noticeable in his family’s house.
He was able to obtain a life-changing smart home thanks to the Gary Sinise Foundation.
To make matters even more memorable, Kurtz received the keys on his 10th wedding anniversary.
He is immensely thankful to the Gary Sinise Foundation for altering his life with this new house that will help rebuild his freedom and make life simpler for their family, he added.
Kurtz, who uses a wheelchair, no longer needs to be concerned about his inability to reach high shelves or figuring out how to navigate expertly in a small washroom.
When the Kurtzes’ new house was built, every detail was considered.
They assist veterans and first responders in their rehabilitation journey,”says Gary Sinise Foundation CEO Mike Thirtle. When Gary asked them to carry out his vision of offering these houses to veterans, he asked them to make them adjustable and optimized for them and their families.
Gary Sinise and his charity have assisted several heroes. Thank you to the Gary Sinise Foundation for constructing a house for this Army veteran and his family.