The Gary Sinise Foundation and The Tunnel to Towers Foundation
Select Standard Pacific Homes to Build Smart Home
Groundbreaking for Triple Amputee, Juan Dominguez, USMC
May 4, 2012 at 11:00am
May 3, 2012. Temecula, California. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation today announced a selection of the homebuilding industry’s quality leader, Standard Pacific Homes, to build a beautiful new ‘smart home’ for severely wounded veteran, CPL Juan Dominguez, USMC in Temecula, CA. A groundbreaking ceremony for the uniquely designed ‘smart home’ is slated for Friday, May 4 at 11:00 a.m. The general public is encouraged to attend.
City of Temecula officials along with representatives from the foundations and donors including Wallace Air Cargo and Standard Pacific Homes will host the May 4th celebration in honor of American Hero, CPL Juan Dominguez who lost both legs and his right arm on Oct. 23, 2010 while serving the country in Afghanistan.
Juan Dominguez states, “I’m truly blessed and honored that these organizations are coming together to help give me more independence through this smart home.” He further stated, “I’m most looking forward to the elevator so I can check up on my daughter, as well as the recording room where I hope to continue my musical aspirations. I sincerely want to thank the community for embracing me so much even prior to me moving to Temecula. I will be proud to call Temecula, home.”
Dominguez and his family toured over 20 communities prior to choosing a new Standard Pacific home in Temecula, CA. The home design that Juan selected features Standard Pacific Homes’ new Great Room centered floor plan. The homebuilder will be adapting the home to meet The Building for America’s Bravest ‘Smart Home’ specifications, which include energy efficiency, ease of accessibility and automation requirements designed to provide the most severely injured military personnel with the capacity to live more independent lives.
“We are honored that Juan chose Standard Pacific Homes,” said Marty Langpap, Inland Empire Division Manager for Standard Pacific Homes. “Our team is committed to working with our subcontractors and vendors to create an exceptional home for an extremely deserving American hero.”
The groundbreaking ceremony will consist of a one-hour program with speakers from the City of Temecula, The Tunnel to Towers Foundation, the Gary Sinise Foundation, Standard Pacific and special guest, actor Jon Voight.
In 2011, The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation partnered in efforts to build Smart Homes for 3 Quadruple Amputees. In 2012 they have partnered on 9 additional homes for very severely wounded warriors from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. To date they have completed one home for SPC. Brendan Marrocco on June 11, 2011, in Staten Island, and expect to turn over the keys on June 30th, 2012 at The Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, for CPL. Todd Nicely. This year they will start raising funds for homes in Brooklyn, NY, Albany, NY, Ararat, VA, Jefferson City, MO, Atlanta, GA, Marrietta, OH, and Whitehall, PA.
Says Sinise, “All of us at the Gary Sinise Foundation and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation are grateful to the Temecula City Council for supporting our ‘Building For America’s Bravest’ Program. This smart home will honor Juan’s heroism by providing him with a more independent lifestyle which will, in turn enable him to lead the best life possible with his fiancé and daughter. I want to thank everyone who came to our March 1st concert and most of all want to thank Juan Dominguez for his service and sacrifice for our nation.”
Adds Frank Siller, Chairman of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, “We can’t thank the wonderful citizens of the City of Temecula enough. Thanks to their generosity and the generosity of Ned Wallace of Wallace Air Cargo, we are able to break ground on Juan’s house.”
• Ned Wallace, President and Founder of Wallace Air Cargo made a $450,000 financial donation to assist in building Juan Dominguez his Smart Home.
• Marine Cpl. Juan Dominguez lost both legs and his right arm on Oct. 23, 2010 when he slipped down a small embankment and landed on a buried 30-40 lb. bomb in Afghanistan.
• During his recuperation, he has undergone 23 surgeries, and spent more than five months at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, MD and Washington DC.
• He is presently an out-patient at the U.S. Naval Medical Center in San Diego.
• The Gary Sinise Foundation is dedicated to serving the Nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities. For more information, go to www.GarySiniseFoundation.org.
• The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, best known for its annual Tunnel to Towers Run at Ground Zero in New York City, is committed to building specially-adapted “smart homes” for the most seriously wounded U.S. service personnel through its “Building for America’s Bravest” program. For more information, go to www.TunneltoTowers.org.