With shovels in hand, Cpl. Todd Love and friends broke ground on a new smart home in Douglasville on Thursday.
Love received the ultimate gift of love on Valentine's Day after losing both legs and one arm while fighting for our country in Afghanistan. The new home will be given to him in return for the sacrifices he has made.
"The coolest thing about it is they took something like 9/11 and the tragedy with his brother dying running from the tunnels to the towers and me getting hurt and they're making it into something beautiful," Love said.
The Gary Sinise foundation teamed up with The Tunnel to Towers Foundation to give a little independence back to a soldier they are calling an American hero.
"We feel it's so important that we never forget the sacrifices that are made by our men and women every single day," Frank Siller with Tunnel to Towers Foundation said.
The Home Depot Foundation chipped in $200,000 to build this special home that will be equipped with everything a triple amputee needs.
"On his iPad he is going to be able to open the door and when he goes in it will close behind him. The lights will come on automatically when he comes in through sensors. The heating and air conditioning are all done off these sensors and the iPad," Siller said.
To kick off the celebration, Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant showed up to give his support. Weeks earlier, Bryant allowed Love to hold a practice kick which scored a big impression on the young soldier.
"When I was asked to come out here it was a no brainer. He's a super nice guy," Bryant said.
It will take about a year or so to complete construction on the home that has a value of about $500,000. It will be built on a 10-acre piece of property in Douglasville.
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