Tunnel to Towers Builds Injured Army CPL Chris Levi Smart Home for Fourth of July

Tunnel to Towers Builds Injured Army CPL Chris Levi Smart Home for Fourth of July

This Fourth of July, Army CPL Chris Levi is celebrating a newfound sense of independence with a brand new, mortgage-free smart home from the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation Smart Home Program.

Today, July 3, in front of a crowd of hundreds, CPL Levi saw his new home for the first time, and it has been a long journey for CPL Levi to get to this point. In 2008, CPL Levi’s life changed forever. While in a five-vehicle convoy in Iraq, Levi’s Humvee was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast cut through both of his legs at mid-thigh, leaving him a bilateral amputee. He also suffered significant damage to his right hand and arm.

Tunnel to Towers Builds Injured Army CPL Chris Levi Smart Home for Fourth of July

Following his discharge from Walter Reed Hospital more than a year later, CPL Levi returned to his parents’ home in Holbrook, New York. Now, thanks to an army of volunteers from local businesses mobilized by the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and its Smart Home Program, CPL Levi has a home of his own – the Foundation’s first home built in Long Island.

The three-bedroom two-and-a-half-bath ranch home was built to CPL Levi’s specific needs and the physical challenges he faces while completing the daily tasks that seem so routine to the rest of us. The home features an open floor plan, giving him space to move from room to room in his wheelchair, and every essential function in the home, including heating, cooling, lights and blinds, can be controlled via tablet. The kitchen was built with motorized cabinets, so he can access them without difficulty, and a stove that moves to wheelchair height, so he can cook with ease.

Tunnel to Towers Builds Injured Army CPL Chris Levi Smart Home for Fourth of July

To date, through generous individual and corporate contributions, Tunnel to Towers has completed, started construction or is in the design phase of over 75 smart homes.

“There is no better way to celebrate Independence Day than to give a Purple-Heart hero some of his independence back,” said Frank Siller, CEO of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. “I hope this smart home will allow him to lead as independent a life as possible.”

Tunnel to Towers Builds Injured Army CPL Chris Levi Smart Home for Fourth of July

Since his injury, CPL Levi has continued to persevere. He passed the Series 7 General Securities Representative Exam, received his bachelor’s degree and is now working as a financial planner.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation would like to thank its corporate sponsors; The Mertz Foundation, Home Depot Foundation, The Marcus Foundation, GMC, Carpet One, H2M Architects + Engineers, Northwell Health, Oldcastle Architectural, Semper Fi Fund, Mohawk Flooring, MasterBrand, UPS, JCPenney, Ashley HomeStore, Hunter Douglas, Glidden and United Rentals, all of which support our Smart Home Program and helped to provide CPL Levi with this custom-built, mortgage-free home in Melville, New York.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation founded its Smart Home Program and started building smart homes for catastrophically injured service members in 2010. While we are incredibly proud of all the work we have done, we know there is much more work to do. With your continued support, you can help us reach our goal of building a minimum of 200 smart homes for our wounded service members and their families.

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  • Allen Cameron Gary
    July 25, 2018 1:06 pm

    I’ve been trying to reach out to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation/Organization via email and phone. As of today, I’ve not gotten a response to either. I’m a senior citizen from Maryland and a Navy Veteran. The main reason for my contact is that on 9/11 my older brother and I wrote: “In Memoriam.” I had it professionally recorded. It is now on display at the Pentagon where it has received a lot of praise. I would like to share it with T2T as well. I’ve included the Lyrics to “In Memoriam.” I can send the recording under separate cover. My contact number is 410-736-1367. Respectfully yours – Allen Cameron Gary.
    IN MEMORIAM
    IN MEMORIAM MEANS IN MEMORY
    INTO MEMORY THAT DAY WAS CAST
    WHEN WE SAW IN THE FACES OF THOSE PRESENT
    THE FACES OF THOSE PAST

    THE MIND MIRRORED IMAGE REFLECTING
    A VIEW OF A NATION AGHAST
    THAT SOUL SEARING IMAGE BURNED DEEPLY
    A FOREVER MARK FROM THE BLAST

    IN MEMORIAM
    IN MEMORIAM – MEANS IN MEMORY
    INTO MEMORY THAT DAY WAS CAST
    SO DIRE -SO GRIM A MEMORY –
    SO FIERY – SO DEADLY – SO FAST

    OUR THOUGHTS WILL BE NIGHTMARES IN DAYTIME
    SOULS FALLING FROM THE SKIES
    WHILE THOSE MEMORIES MAY DIM
    THEY’LL STILL RISE AND SWIM
    IN TEARS BEFORE OUR EYES.

    IN MEMORIAM
    IN MEMORIAM MEANS IN MEMORY
    INTO MEMORY THAT DAY WAS CAST
    INDELIBLY MARKED AS PEARL HARBOR
    AND PERMANENTLY PINNED TO OUR PAST

    YES OUR THOUGHTS WILL BE NIGHTMARES IN DAYTIME SOULS FALLING FROM THE SKIES
    WHILE THOSE MEMORIES MAY DIM
    THEY’LL FOR…EVER SWIM
    IN TEARS BEFORE OUR EYES.

    IN MEMORIAM MEANS IN MEMORY
    MAY THEIR MEMORY FOREVER LAST
    MAY WE SEE IN THE FACES OF THOSE PRESENT
    THE FACES OF THOSE PAST

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