My New Accessible Smart Home

I recently received a new, mortgage-free smart home from the Gary Sinise Foundation and it is absolutely incredible. This smart home is designed for me and my disability specifically. It’s pretty awesome. I still can’t believe it’s mine and that they just gave it to me. Words can’t describe it at all.

For the dedication ceremony, I had friends, family and people I care about make the trip to be a part of the special day. Some flew in, while others drove quite a distance to be here. I felt so loved and blessed. I believe friends are the family you actually get to choose. I’ve been very fortunate to have met a lot of people and I have many acquaintances but they’re not all who I consider “friends.” You get to be a little picky who you choose to be in your close circle and to me that’s very special.

The house is located in Cumberland Furnace, which is just outside Nashville in Tennessee. It’s about an hour west and it’s close to Fort Cambell, which I think is cool. It’s always great to be near a military base.

My favorite thing about the home is my bedroom and bathroom. It’s huge and there is plenty of space for me to maneuver my power wheelchair, so I am not banging into walls and furniture. The shower is so easy and accessible for me as well. Overall, my life is going to be so much easier. I just want to say thank you to all that were involved in making this home for me a reality.

About Bryan Anderson: Bryan grew up and resides in Illinois. Injured by an IED in October 2005, Bryan is one of the few triple amputees to survive his injuries in Iraq. He is an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation and a spokesperson for USA Cares, which is focused on assisting post 9-11 veterans. Click here to learn more about Bryan.