A new program is working to provide new, custom built homes for returning veterans who have unique needs after receiving severe injuries while serving in the armed forces.
According to a July 2 PIX11 article, Building for America’s Bravest, a program managed by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, has begun to build these custom designed homes for veterans to help accommodate their injuries and allow them to live independently.
Already, Building for America’s Bravest has broken ground on a Staten Island “smart home” for Brooklyn native Bryan Dilberian, who lost both legs below the knee and his left arm below the elbow while serving in Afghanistan after an improvised explosive device (IED) severely injured him and killed his best friend, PIX11 reported.
Dilberian’s home will feature an elevator and other features to help him move around his living space on his own, SILive.com reports.
Despite his life-changing injuries, Dilberian told PIX11 that he doesn’t regret his decision to join the armed forces.
“I would do it a million times over. There’s nothing to regret about it,” he said. “I did something for the country and I’m proud of myself.”
Because these “smart” custom built homes generally cost between $400,000 and $500,000 to construct, Building for America’s Bravest has broken ground on 24 new custom homes so far. Currently, eight of those homes are inhabited by veterans, according to PIX11. Over forty veterans who are quadruple amputees are currently on a waiting list for the organization’s custom build homes.
According to the SILive.com article, most of the organization’s funding for these custom design homes comes from donations. The New York Jets donated $1 million toward the construction of two homes, one of which will soon belong to Dilberian.