This Veterans Day, as American veterans of all wars are remembered, many organizations continue to strive to make America a safe and welcoming place for veterans to live.
When the call came to serve, American men and women answered and fought. They made extraordinary sacrifices for others, and some returned with catastrophic, debilitating injuries.
One organization, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, created “Building for America’s Bravest Program” to build custom designed homes to help veterans with multiple injuries in need of unique assistance. The homes are energy efficient, automated and easily accessible—using “adaptive technology” to help the most severely injured veterans live better, more independent lives.
The need for this type of technology and housing is greater than what the Foundation can provide. It states, “As amazing as adaptive home technology is, it’s far beyond the reach of most veterans and their modest pensions. The waiting list is long – and for every home we build, another three veterans join the list.”
The Siller Family started the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to honor the memory of their brother, Stephen, a New York City firefighter (FDNY) who lost his life on September 11, 2001 after strapping on his gear and running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers.
The goal of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is to continue Stephen’s legacy by supporting our nation’s first responders and service members. Building for America’s Bravest, a program of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, constructs specially adapted smart homes for our most catastrophically injured service members.