Wounded veteran to get customized 'Smart Home' near Duluth

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A wounded veteran, who lost three of his limbs while serving in Afghanistan, will soon be moving into a brand new "Smart Home" on the North Shore, Northland's NewsCenter reports.

The $500,000 smart home for Cpl. Mark Litynski and his wife, Heather, will have such features as lower cabinets and cooking surfaces . Litynski lost both his legs above the knee and his left arm above the elbow in an IED blast in Afghanistan in 2010.

"The adjustable cupboards will be nice," Litynski tells Northlands NewsCenter. "It will be nice not to have to jump up onto the counter to get something out of the cupboard."

The Duluth News Tribune says Litynski's smart home will be built on a 45-acre tract of densely wooden property in Gnesen Township. Construction is expected to begin next week.

The residence is being built through the Gary Sinise Foundation's RISE – Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment – program, a partner with the Building for America's Bravest program.

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Sinise, who earned an Oscar nomination for his role an amputee soldier in "Forrest Gump," was in the Twin Cities last year to play a benefit concert with his Lt. Dan Band to help raise funds for Litynski's smart home.

Project officials with Building for America's Bravest say they hope to have the Litynski's new smart home ready by May.

Northland's NewsCenter says the Litynskis aren't from Duluth, but decided to have the smart home built there because of the outpouring of support they've received.

Building for America's Bravest is a partner program of the Gary Sinise Foundation, and also the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

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