Initially, neither organization knew they were going to be building homes. However, the first quadruple amputee ever to survive in an America War was Brendan Morrocco, from Staten Island, where the Tunnel to Towers Foundation was based. The chairman of the foundation, Frank Siller had asked Fire Commissioner Cassano, who knew Gary, to see if Gary would play a benefit concert for Brendan. He did. The rest is history! For each of the wounded veterans we build a home for, we also do a benefit concert by the Lt. Dan Band to help raise the funds needed.
In driving awareness and fundraising efforts, as well as facilitating the building of each Smart Home, we are custom designing the homes on a case-by-case basis which addresses the needs of providing energy efficiency, ease of accessibility and automation to ultimately provide the most severely injured military personnel with the capability to live more independent lives.
These houses aren’t cheap! In going beyond the home security systems, controlled temperature zones, lighting and mobility devices, our definition of ‘smart home’ may change slightly based upon the paramount needs and direction of each recipient. We are steadfast in our determination to provide the recipient with a high-quality smart home where all special needs of each severely wounded military personnel is met in allowing them to live out the rest of their life as independently as possible.
We could not do what we do without the assistance of thousands of supporters across the country. Therefore, we sincerely thank you for your support.