Community breaks ground on 'smart home' for Jacksonville wounded

Community breaks ground on 'smart home' for Jacksonville wounded warrior

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JACKSONVILLE, AL (WBRC) -

A groundbreaking was held today on a new home for a local soldier.

Ben Tomlinson is a Marine who was wounded in Afghanistan and is now a paraplegic. Supporters have rallied together to create a "smart home" tailored just to Tomlinson's needs.

The Gary Sinise Foundation and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation joined forces to raise money for the house. One of the smart features includes iPad and iPhone-operated lighting and appliances.

"I've been involved with kind of designing the floor plan and everything. But they kind of kept the final thing at bay so they could kind of surprise me a little bit. But like I always say, I feel spoiled by these guys," Tomlinson said.

The funds for the house were raised through corporate donations and the proceeds from a concert by Gary Sinise and the Major Dan Band.

Foundation officials wouldn't comment on how much has been raised but they say the smart home will cost approximately $500,000.

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