USMC Major Tyler Tidwell is a 13-year Infantry Officer with three deployments to U.S. Central Command. During his military career, he participated in training and operations across numerous countries: Saudi Arabia, Oman, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey, Kuwait. Bahrain, UAE, and Djibouti. Shortly after his last deployment in 2018 Major Tidwell began experiencing symptoms and was diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a year later. ALS is a progressive disease that will slowly rob Major Tidwell of his ability to speak, and the use of his arms, hands, and legs leading to full paralysis. Major Tidwell is married to his wife Cassi, and they have three children; Alexandria, Bobby, and Christian.
Tunnel to Towers will be paying off the mortgage and renovating his Edmond, Oklahoma home making it more accessible and installing new smart technology to allow Major Tidwell to live more independently. Lifting the financial burden of a mortgage could be life-saving for Major Tidwell.
“My wife and I have committed to actively fighting this disease through experimental treatment and not just accepting it as a death sentence. The Smart Home Program allows us to continue to do that without having to worry about costs associated with our housing and any required adaptations beyond VA stipends.”