The work that the Gary Sinise Foundation conducts is incredible.
It’s the most touching thing ever that the Gary Sinise Foundation gave a 101st Airborne handicapped soldier who lost his legs an intelligent house.
Retired Army Sgt. Christopher Kurtz of Adams, Tennessee, finally obtained the lovely four-bedroom, three-bath home he had previously authorized. Even better, there is no mortgage on it.
According to Mike Thirtle, CEO of the Gary Sinise Foundation, “we support veterans and first responders throughout their rehabilitation journey.” “Gary asked us to make these homes adaptable and customizable for the soldiers and their families when we were carrying out his directive to provide them with these homes,” says the architect.
The bungalow dwelling has adaptations for the veteran’s disabilities. Wide corridors, wheelchair-accessible counters, and drop-down shelving are all features that make it accessible. The house was also designed with innovative technology for the retired Sgt. to operate everything from an iPad.
Sinise added with gratitude, “The mansion that stands before you now is a little token of thanks and respect from a grateful nation.
For his part as Lt. Dan Taylor in the film “Forrest Gump,” actor Gary Sinise is well-known. He also played a crippled soldier who became Gump’s battalion leader in the 1994 movie. They became great friends and business partners shortly after that.
“Shortly after the film debuted, I received a call from the Disabled American Veterans Organization asking me to their national conference where they wanted to give me an award,” Sinise added. I got to know hundreds, if not thousands, of extras who weren’t in the movie.
Sinise was inspired by this and formed the Gary Sinise Foundation. For the past ten years, the foundation has given veterans mortgage-free, custom-built houses to enable them to lead regular lives after their valiant service.
The Gary Sinise Foundation, says Kurtz, “changed my life with this beautiful house that will help regain my independence and make life simpler for our family.” Kurtz is also happy with what the foundation does for the military community.
To further his schooling, Kurtz joined the American Army in February 2009. For him, doing this is a way to carry on the military tradition of his ancestors.
Kurtz and the 101st Airborne Division were sent to the Arghandab River Valley in Afghanistan on June 13, 2020. The gang experienced terrible battles every day.
On a sad December of the same year, Kurtz was doing a foot patrol when a remote-controlled improvised explosive device (IED) exploded nearby.
Kurtz lost both his legs and two of his left fingers due to the explosion. He also had three fractures of the pelvis.
After being successfully stabilized, Kurtz was taken from the scene to Kandahar Air Field, then to Landstuhl, Germany, and eventually to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where, among other procedures, both of his legs were amputated above the knee.
After only four years of active duty, Kurtz resigned in 2013 due to his handicap. He left the military as a Sergeant.
The veteran received welding and crafts equipment for his garage from his buddies at PTL Fabricators. According to Kurtz, he wants to utilize the store so he can give back.
The former sergeant stated, “I want to invent things and make previously manufactured items possibly better so that I may help others in similar situations.”
Without the assistance of certain regional companies, such as PTL, 31W, Screaming Eagle Concrete, Southern Roofing, Heritage Tile, ABC Supply, Andrews Flooring, and Coffman’s Home Decor, this magnificent home would not be complete.
Because Kurtz and his wife, Heather, had just celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary, the changeover was a disastrous day for the Kurtz family.
When you consider how much work went into (constructing the house), how many individuals contributed. Kurtz eloquently observed how humble it all is. It may be a little overwhelming at times. “I owe the whole world now,”