The Gary Sinise Foundation

Wheelchair Bound Marine Veteran Gains Independence with Custom Home

July 06, 2018 - 12:05 pm

By Meredith Ganzman/Joe Cingrana

Major Eric Burkett is saying so-long to past limitations in his life, and hello to a brand new home where the amputee veteran can live more independently. 

With the help of the kind hearts at The Gary Sinise Foundation, Major Burkett's new abode in Pennsylvania is now a wheelchair accessible smart home for his family of eight. 

The former U.S. Marine suffered an accident in 2012 while serving in North Africa and ended up losing both of his legs. 

Now Burkett says the idea of being able to get up and move around the house freely, without thinking about the logistics of whether or not he should use a chair or crutches has changed his life. After years of surgery and recovery, Burkett can access every part of the house, from his adaptive showers to the chair-accessible shelves in the kitchen. 

There’s even an archery alley in the basement for him to practice before competing for his next gold medal in the sport!

It’s all part of giving back to a vet, who’s already given so much of himself to serve our country.