Veteran Who Lost His Legs And Suffered A Brain Injury Gifted Mortgage-Free Home Through Gary Sinise Foundation

August 22, 2023

In a heartwarming display of gratitude and support for the nation's heroes, a disabled veteran who lost his legs and suffered a traumatic brain injury during his service has been gifted a mortgage-free home by the Gary Sinise Foundation.

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Parsons family / Credit: Gary Sinise Foundation

On September 30, 2006, U.S. Army Sergeant (Ret.) Shane Parsons drove over a hidden bomb that was designed to cut through metal and protective gear while deployed in Iraq. He lost both legs above the knee and suffered a traumatic brain injury that left him unable to read, write or manage basic daily living skills such as bathing, eating, and dressing.

Last week, Parsons got the keys to his new "smart home" with his wife Jennifer and their two boys, Owen and Emmett.

"Not only does this home help restore Shane's independence, but it also empowers him in all the great things that lie ahead. His home is mortgage-free, contains specially adapted technology, and is custom-made to fit Shane's needs," the Gary Sinise Foundation said in a release.

"Sometimes I just…I don't feel like I'm worthy or feel like I'm deserving of this. It's still surreal," Shane said. "Him [Gary Sinise] coming out and just being like, 'Hey, I'm not going to give you a hand. I'm coming in. I'm going to put my foot in the door. No matter what. If you like it or not and I'm going to help you.' That's what I feel from him, you know? Like, 'Hey, I'm going to do this because you deserve it'."

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