A U.S. Marine injured while serving in Afghanistan was welcomed home to a brand-new place Tuesday—a very high-tech smart home.
In 2012, Lance Corporal Thomas Caleb Getscher lost both legs and an arm in an IED explosion. His family’s new custom-built home is designed to help him get back to living a more normal life. It meets all his needs—with features he can run using an iPad! Features in the home include motorized doors, music that can be played on command throughout the house, temperature and lighting controls, and fully automated toilets.
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation presented Getscher, his wife and their daugther with the keys to their new house in Leonardtown, Md. Kids from Benjamin Banneker Elementary School were even there to wave flags and give them a true hero’s welcome.
The foundation was named for Stephen Siller, a New York firefighter killed in the 9/11 attacks. Best known for its annual Tunnel to Towers 5K Walk/Run in New York City, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation honors military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country through its various programs, such as Building for America's Bravest, which builds specially adapted, customized "smart homes" for our nation's most catastrophically injured service members.