Veteran gets the gift of a smart home on July 4th

(WTAE/CNN) — Independence Day has new meaning for one Pennsylvania veteran and his family.

The Marine veteran, who is a double amputee and suffering from brain damage, was presented with a home that promises to offer him more freedom.

More than 3,000 square feet of handicapped accessible space, with cutting edge technology at Doug and Alexis Vitale’s fingertips.

Songle-level living means Doug Vitale can go anywhere — freely. It’s a concept that deeply touches his wife.

“This house IS independence for us,” Alexis Vitale said. “Independence is something Doug’s lost, and he’s regaining it on one of the best holidays in our country.”

Special pulleys will help move Doug from his bedroom to the bathroom, a concept that leaves Alexis almost speechless.

“When everyone leaves, the crowds go and the cameras go, and we get to be here and really let it sink in that this is our home, I think it’s going to be a great feeling for both of us.”

The funds for the house were raised by actor Gary Sinise’s foundation and the Tunnels to Towers organization, who are partners in the Building for America’s Bravest program.

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