Tunnel to Towers Foundation Delivers Mortgage-Free Smart Home toDouble Leg Amputee USMC Corporal Mathew Bowman

Tunnel to Towers Foundation Delivers Mortgage-Free Smart Home to
Double Leg Amputee USMC Corporal Mathew Bowman

On June 21 at 11:00 AM, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation welcomes injured veteran USMC Corporal Mathew Bowman and his family into their new, mortgage-free smart home in Oxford, Indiana.

Cpl Bowman, a Lafayette native, enlisted in the Marines shortly after graduating high school in 2007. He was on patrol in Afghanistan on February 28, 2011, when he triggered an improvised explosive device. He lost both legs above the knee, numerous fingers, and teeth in the blast.

After a year and a half of rehabilitation and physical therapy at Walter Reed, he returned home with his family to Lafayette. He began pursuing a new dream, to teach. He attended Purdue University and earned a degree in Social Studies Education.  Cpl Bowman now teaches high school social studies and coaches his sons in multiple sports.

In attendance at the smart home dedication ceremony are USMC Corporal Mathew Bowman, his wife Paige and their 3 sons; Tunnel to Towers Board Member and retired FDNY Lieutenant Jack KieltyBenton County Sheriff John CoxOxford Volunteer Fire Department Chief Justin Bice, and all local VIPS, sponsors, and vendors who made his home possible.

An escort of Patriot Guard motorcycle riders and first responders escort Cpl Bowman and his family to his new home.

The Tunnel to Towers Smart Home Program builds specially-adapted, mortgage-free smart homes that allow catastrophically injured veterans like CPL Bowman to live more independently.

Cpl Bowman’s new smart home features automatic doors and wide hallways, which will allow him to move freely through his new home in his wheelchair.

The kitchen features lower counter space, pull-down cabinet shelves and a stove that raises and lowers to wheelchair height allowing him to cook and clean without any physical barriers. The home’s lights, thermostat and security system can be controlled via an app allowing him to control these aspects of the home from anywhere.

Learn more about our mission to provide mortgage-free homes to these American heroes and their families by visiting T2T.org.

About the Tunnel to Towers Foundation

Born from the tragedy of 9/11, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation carries out its mission to “do good,” by providing mortgage-free homes to Gold Star and fallen first responder families with young children and by building specially-adapted smart homes for catastrophically injured veterans and first responders. Tunnel to Towers is also committed to eradicating veteran homelessness and helping America to Never Forget September 11, 2001. Visit t2t.org to learn more.

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Trevor Tamsen — Trevor.Tamsen@t2t.org