NEW YORK (WCBS/CNN) - U.S. Army Sgt. Bryan Dilberian, a triple amputee, is looking forward to a future with greater independence thanks to the group Building For America’s Bravest - and The New York Jets.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Staten Island this week for his new “smart home.”
The 2,800-square-foot, three-bedroom home will have a customized bathroom and several hi-tech features that will be operated with an iPad.
“It’s like another rebirth,” Dilberian said. “It’s going to mean everything to me. I’m not going to be relying on nurses to come into the house, won’t have to rely on people coming to help me.”
“I love to cook and this is going to give me the fundamentals to cook again,” he added.
Everything was donated by Build For America’s Bravest - a partnership between the Gary Sinise Foundation and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
“We’re going to make sure he’s taken care of,” said Frank Siller, Tunnel to Towers chairman and chief executive officer.
The New York Jets are helping in a big way too by giving $1 million to build two smart homes - Dilberian’s new home being one of them.
“Our freedom is not there by accident, it’s there because of our young men and women who serve. He’s got a challenge going forward and hopefully the house is a little bit of an aid to him,” said Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets.
And The Jets’ involvement is priceless to the cause.
“We need this, we need Woody Johnson’s help. We need others like Woody Johnson to help,” Siller said.
If all goes according to plan, Dilberian will be living in his smart home by this time next year.
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