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This wounded veteran got a custom smart home, and his independence back

This wounded veteran got a custom smart home, and his independence back

Marine Sgt. Nick Kimmel walked through the front door of his new home in Fallbrook on prosthetic legs, with his service dog — an English cream golden retriever named Rush — right behind him.

Surveying the wide hallways, lowered countertops and blinds that open and close at the touch of an iPad, Kimmel smiled and set out to explore.

"This is cool," said the 26-year-old, who four years ago lost both of his legs and an arm to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

The custom smart home, built by the Gary Sinise Foundation and its partners, was presented to Kimmel last week. He struggled to take it all in.

"It's almost one of those...

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