NEW YORK (PIX11) – A humble New York veteran hurt while serving now calls a specially designed dwelling in Staten Island home.
Building for America’s Bravest – a program of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation – is building so-called smart homes for veterans severely injured in the line of duty.
Each home is custom built for wounded veterans, some of whom had their lives wholly altered, so they can live more independent lives.
Three years ago Tuesday, Bryan Dilberian was critically hurt in an IED explosion that killed his best friend. The Brooklyn native lost both legs below the knee and his left arm below the elbow, sending him on an arduous journey to rebuild his strength.
But despite the life-altering challenge, Dilberian said he does not regret his decision to serve.
“I would do it a million times over. There’s nothing to regret about it,” he said. “I did something for the country and I’m proud of myself.”
On Tuesday, Dilberian was given his own -- and first -- home, specially outfitted to meet his new needs.
The homes cost about $400,000 to $500,000 each to build. So far, the organization has broken ground on 24 dwellings and eight are being lived in by veterans.
There 43 quadruple amputees on a list to be outfitted with new homes.