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Wounded Iraq war vet gets gift of home custom made for his special needs

Friday, a U.S. Army soldier seriously injured in the Iraq War back in 2003 was honored with a new house custom made for his special needs. (Photo courtesy: Gary Sinise Foundation)

Friday, a U.S. Army soldier seriously injured in the Iraq War back in 2003 was honored with a new house custom made for his special needs.

It's always a big deal when we welcome a soldier home, but Corporal Alan Babin was welcomed into what's being called his "forever home." The build was coordinated by the Gary Sinise Foundation. Sinise explains, “I met Alan back in the hospital years ago. It's so hard to even recall when because he injured so early in the Iraq War. He was injured the first month."

Sinise says this home -- like so many others his foundation has been able to build -- is meant to help wounded soldiers regain their personal freedom. He says, “Their independence was taken away due to their injury and we try to give them their independence back. That's what our RISE program is all about: Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment."

Cpl. Babin says, "I can't even put in words how I feel. This is so amazing!" With a push of a button on a tablet, he is now king of his own castle. And this custom home has some back-saving improvements for his parents -- who double as his caregivers -- to help them move their son around. His mother Rosie Babin explains, "Anything and everything that we can do to protect our bodies helps us assist Alan longer and allows us to do this forever in Alan's new forever home."

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