Injured Marine veteran receives new 'smart home' in Vista

Posted at 12:48 PM, May 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-03 16:06:25-04

VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - A San Diego Marine who lost both of his legs in an IED blast in Afghanistan was presented with a new home designed specifically for him and his family.

On Thursday, SSgt. Brandon Dodson’s got his first look at his new “smart” home, which was made possible by the Gary Sinise Foundation.

The house includes wide doorways for easy wheelchair access and pull-down shelving. Lighting for the house and other amenities can be controlled by an iPad or via voice command on Amazon Echo’s Alexa.

Dodson said he and his family are ready to get comfortable.

“I’m ready to just kick my legs off, get in my wheelchair, kick all you guys out and relax and binge on some Netflix … We are so ready to move into this house,” Dodson said.

Dodson has maintained a healthy sense of humor throughout his ordeal. He has a tattoo on his right arm called “Explodey” as an ode to the IED that took his legs.

In August 2014, during his fifth deployment, Dodson was severely injured after stepping on an IED during a mission in Afghanistan.

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