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Customized SMART House Built for Army Amputee

Mayor Allison Silberberg with Staff Sergeant Chris Walker on the day he was officially given the keys to his customized home which can be operated with an iPad.

The Gary Sinise Foundation was in Alexandria to give a new custom home to Staff Sergeant Christopher Walker and his family. Chris had a job in Afghanistan when he was stationed there in 2012. He was supposed to find and dispose of explosives. But one day, the bomb found him instead, blowing off both arms and his left leg.

On the day of the dedication, Mayor Allison Silberberg enthusiastically shared, “The house is absolutely stunning and it enables him to maneuver through the house and start a new chapter of life with his family. I am so grateful to the Gary Sinise Foundation and all the donors and partners who made this house possible for Chris Walker and his family.”

In addition, she said, “We also have a very active veteran community, including: the American Legion Post 24, RWB Capital, Capitol Post, the EOD Warrior Foundation, and the advisory group of advocates that Bob Wood and others formed. I am passionate about letting our veterans know our gratitude. Last September, I signed our city onto Hidden Heroes, a national nonprofit started by Senator Elizabeth Dole

to be supportive of caregivers who help our veterans. We were one of the first cities to sign on when it was launched last fall. Now dozens of cities have signed on.”

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