Former Camp Pendleton Marine Cpl. Juan Dominguez, who lost three limbs when he stepped on a buried bomb in Afghanistan in 2010, will get the keys to his customized Temecula "smart home" on September 11, according to the Press Enterprise.
The Gary Sinise Foundation partnered with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to raise the money needed for the smart home. Sinise even played a benefit concert in Temecula for Dominguez's new home. (I've posted video of Dominguez wowing the crowd at that concert by playing the bongos.)
What is a smart home? According to the Siller website:
The homes feature energy efficiency, ease of accessibility and automation to ultimately provide the veteran with the capability to live more independent lives.
Dominguez, 28, will live in the new home with his wife, Alexis, and 9-year-old daughter Victoria.
By sheer coincidence, the names of the streets in this subdivision are named after victims of the September 11 attacks, which gives added meaning to the Siller family. Stephen Siller gave his life as a New York firefighter on 9/11, and the family foundation to help veterans like Dominguez is a tribute to his life.
A special ceremony to mark 9/11 will take place at Dominguez' new home tomorrow morning beginning at 6:59 a.m., the moment when the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed and Siller lost his life.