Gary Sinise Foundation honors wounded 101st Airborne veteran with specially adapted home


ADAMS, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – Sgt. Christopher Kurtz was on patrol with the 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan in 2010 when an improvised explosive device went off nearby. Kurtz lost both of his legs above the knee, lost two fingers on his left hand, and had multiple other severe injuries.

On Thursday, the Gary Sinise Foundation, country artist Trace Adkins, and several organizations came together to celebrate providing Kurtz a home that’s specially suited to his needs. A “Walls of Honor” ceremony was held at the site of the house in Adams.

“This place is awesome, it’s going to be a great place to grow the family, my kids are going to be in great schools, this entire community is very supportive. I can’t ask for more, this is an incredible opportunity, and I can’t be more thankful, it’s just a blessing,” Kurtz said.

Adkins praised the Gary Sinise Foundation for their work. “Any time I have an opportunity to be in the presence of or associate with veterans, the heroes that we have produced in this country, I’m going to do anything I can to take advantage of that opportunity. I love these men and women,” Adkins said.

Gary Sinise wrote a personal message the Kurtz family, his wife Heather, their daughter, and son above the doorway inside the hallway to the home. Those at the “Walls of Honor” event were also invited to write messages of gratitude for the family.

The message from Sinise said in part, “The messages written within these walls are to fill your new home with the love and appreciation of a grateful nation for all you have done in service to our country.”

The house is being provided to the Kurtz family mortgage free by the Gary Sinise Foundation program R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence, Supporting Endowment), which builds specially adapted smart homes for our nation’s most severely wounded veterans and first responders, their caregivers and families.

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