American War Hero Cpl. Todd Love climbed into a Bob Cat earth digger Thursday and broke ground on his future new home in Douglasville, on Ridge Rd. It might not be such an extraordinary story except that Love lost both of his legs and left arm after he triggered an IED while on foot patrol in Afghanistan on the morning of Oct. 25, 2010.
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation have partnered through their “Building for America’s Bravest” program to build Love his new “Smart Home” in Paulding County. As a major sponsor, the Home Depot Foundation has committed $200,000 to assist in building Love’s House.
The Paulding County High School Army JROTC Unit (Patriot Battalion) had a total of 33 cadets provided support for the ground breaking. Four cadets formed the Color Guard; four cadets made up the parking detail and other cadets provided moral support and were educated on charity and foundation programs and how they can contribute to supporting these programs in their community.
"This is part of our many Service Learning program initiatives we conduct within the JROTC curriculum," said Lt. Col. (Ret.) Greg McAfee, senior Army instructor. "This is part of our overall mission in JROTC to motivate young people to be better citizens."
In attached video, Frank Siller, chairman of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, shares the "smart home" concept of Love's new home; a letter is read from actor Gary Sinise and Love addresses the crowd and breaks ground on his new home.
In addtional video, Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant represented the Falcons’ team in thanking Love for his service.
Even though ground has been broken, officials stressed that donations and construction materials are still needed from local contractors and builders to complete Love’s Smart Home. Those looking to make a donation can go to www.TunneltoTowers.org or www.GarySiniseFoundation.org or www.BuildingForAmericasBravest.org.
Videos on Previous “Smart Homes” built by both Foundations:
- CPL Tyler Huffman Smart Home: http://youtu.be/KstoZghJCyk
- TECH SGT Joe Wilkinson’s Smart Home: http://youtu.be/P-tlOR2Vrhw
- CPL Juan Dominguez’s Smart Home: http://youtu.be/KfFriSotXjw
- SGT John Peck’s Smart Home: http://youtu.be/soC39KpXh80
- CPL Todd Nicely’s Smart Home: http://youtu.be/LT0-rXUDitk
- SGT Brendan Marrocco’s Smart Home: http://youtu.be/t6uj4caxEGM