DEER CREEK, Oklahoma – Even with the mess of construction, Staff Sgt. Rusty Dunagan easily rolled through the wide halls and open floor plan of his future home.
Rusty lost both legs and his left arm when he stepped on a land mine attached to an IED. But this new house will allow him to be fully independent. For example, in the bathroom, cabinets under the sink are slanted to allow him to roll underneath.
“Just pull right up and be able to get closer to the mirror,” he demonstrated. “It’s a disadvantage when it’s just straight down and I’m this far away trying to shave.”
In the kitchen, cabinets were built two inches lower as well, and the microwave and other appliances stood at Rusty’s height.
“Rusty loves to cook, so over here the stove as well is lowered down so he can reach the back burners,” said Scott Schaeperkoetter with the Gary Sinise Foundation.
The Gary Since Foundation helps construct these one of a kind homes throughout the country taking into consideration every detail and every wounded warrior’s personality.
“He likes to grill, he likes to smoke meat, he’s got a track chair that he likes to get in and go around the pond,” said Schaeperkoetter as he showed us the huge covered patio at the back of the home.
Those ponds and all the dirt work were donated as was a large portion of the materials and labor for the project.
“Seeing the community come together is just a huge part of this process,” said Schaeperkoetter.