Smart Home offers quadruple amputee more independence

MANCHESTER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A quadruple amputee and his family are moving into a specially constructed "smart home" that is designed to meet the veterans needs. A ceremony Wednesday welcomed the family and their friends into their new home.

A partner program called Building For America's Bravest built the home for Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills and his family. It took crews about 10 months to build the adapted home that runs off commands on an iPad and includes an elevator, specially designed cabinets, and wide hallways for Mills when he uses his wheelchair.

In 2012, Mills lost portions of both of his arms and legs to an IED during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. The new home allows him to move around on his own and help his wife Kelsey with their 3-year old Chloe.

The Gary Sinise Foundation and Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation have developed the Building for America's Bravest program to offer independence back to those who have sacrificed for America's freedom.

By the end of the year, the program will have helped construct 30 smart homes for some of America's most severely injured service members and their families.

Mills and his wife have started their own non-profit, called the Travis Mills Foundation. His foundation is actively involved with building a National Veterans Family Center in Belgrade, Maine.


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