LAKE ELMO, Minn. (FOX 9) – A veteran, who was injured combating in Afghanistan, and his family obtained the prospect to transfer into a brand new smart home on Thursday, thanks to a donation from a charity group that helps those that’ve served our nation.
It’s a home constructed with the labor and love of dozens and companies and donors. For former Army Specialist John Mullen and his family, the trail from Afghanistan to actual life is a journey that walks on legs cast from metal.
“I think I don’t really fully comprehend yet how of a difference it’s going to make, and I think I’ll realize that over time,” stated John.
An IED in an Afghan village robbed John of his legs, however not his drive. It’s why the Tunnel to Tower’s Foundation constructed this new home in Lake Elmo particularly to meet his bodily wants, with each room being wheelchair accessible. He can cook dinner on the range sitting down and there are new smart applied sciences all through the home.
“But the fact that they’ve taken it to the next level and wanting to make sure that it’s not just about accessibility, it’s about having features that also will allow for easier living,” stated John.
John first heard about Tunnel to Towers when he was in restoration at Walter Reed. He ultimately utilized to this system and he’s not the one one shifting into a brand new home this 12 months. Across the nation, this basis helps law enforcement officials, firefighters and veterans transfer into 120 new properties.
In honor of the sacrifices made since September eleventh in 2001, the inspiration introduced Mullen with a chunk of metal from the World Trade Center towers.
“It’s just amazing to see the amount of effort it takes to put something like this together,” added John.
The timing for the Mullen family couldn’t have been higher. They expect their third little one this summer time.