"All American Veterans"

Veteran gets home in Maysville through Gary Sinise Foundation

BY WESLEIGH SAGON

Story curtesy of "Jackson ** Herald, Jefferson Georgia

Wounded hero USMC Corporal Sean Adams (Ret.) received a smart home through the Gary Sinise Foundation. Adams’ smart home was recently unveiled during an open house dedication ceremony. This house is located on Marlow Road, Maysville.

TOUCH SCREEN STOVE

Wounded hero USMC Corporal Sean Adams (Ret.) recently received a home through the Gary Sinise Foundation. This home is specially adapted and is controlled through an iPad. Here, Adams shows guests how to use his touch screen stove during his open house event.

Photo by Wesleigh Sagon

The Gary Sinise Foundation recently held a dedication ceremony for a specially-adapted smart home built for USMC Corporal Sean Adams, a Hall County Marine, who was severely injured while serving in Afghanistan. The attacks of September 11, 2001, left a profound effect on him so he enlisted in the Marines after graduating from high school.

“There was not much offered getting out of high school,” he said. “I love the culture of the Marines. I decided to join to be a part of the war that started when I was a kid.” In 2012, Adams was on a reconnaissance patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The area was known to be filled with improvised explosive devices (IEDs). While on patrol, Adams spotted an indicator marking one nearby, but was unaware of the IED two feet in front of him. The blast took both of Adams’ legs above each knee, injured his right and left hands as well as his right arm. He also lost partial vision in his left eye.

Adams doesn’t consider himself a hero, as he stated the true heroes are the service men who helped keep him alive on the battlefield following his injury. During the dedication ceremony, Adams once again reunited with his fellow comrades, five years after the incident took place.

Adams began his recovery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He said the things that kept him pushing forward were his family, friends, and his brothers overseas. Adams had currently rented a house but the home was not conducive to his capabilities.

“A few years ago, on Christmas Eve, I received a phone call to apply for the home,” he said. His new property and specially adapted smart home was designed and built with his interests in mind. The home, located on Marlow Road, Maysville, will allow Adams to move forward with his life and focus on his ultimate goals: To have a muscle car garage to work on his 1970 Chevelle SS, to help other wounded veterans with similar passions and to raise his family.

Adams’ smart home is a 3,000 plus square foot home that sits on 67 acres and is controlled through an iPad. The iPad controls the home lighting and many other features to make life easier for Adams.

The home is also adapted with widened doors for easy wheel chair access, a remote-controlled bed, handicap accessible bath with a custom-made bench seat, and a kitchen that features a touch screen stove among other elements.

In the future, Adams plans to build a separate addition to his home which will include a small ADA compliant cabin to help other veterans in need. Adams now makes arrangements to give motivational speeches and works with those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in their road to recovery.

"Under construction."


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