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Building to begin today for Kerns' house
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Ground will be broken today in Ararat on a “smart home” for J.B. Kerns, an Afghanistan veteran who lost three limbs in an IED attack.
The home is being built through a program called “Built for America’s Bravest.” A partnership of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation, the program builds “smart homes” for severely wounded veterans. The homes are equipped with technology that allows the veterans to live independently.
Kerns was a Marine corporal assigned to Afghanistan when he was wounded in 2011. He lost both legs and his right arm and underwent months of surgeries and rehabilitation.
The log cabin home will sit on 30 acres overlooking the Ararat River and will feature a wraparound porch, according to information from the Tunnels to Towers Foundation.
A cost estimate for the construction has not been released.
Several local events, including a benefit concert last year by actor Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band, have raised funds for the home. About 2,000 people attended the concert.
Kerns plans to participate in the ground-breaking events, which will begin at 11 a.m. today on the site of his future home on Friends Mission Road. Joining Kerns for the event will be John Hodge, director of operations for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, various donors, and Kerns’ family and friends, according to a news release.
Kerns is a graduate of Patrick County High School.