Charity In Hero's Memory Cares For Wounded Soldiers

Tunnels to Towers, Triple Amputees, Quadruple Amputees, wounded veterans

A charity founded in the name of a fallen hero is working to improve the lives of severely injured war veterans. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation began after 9/11 to honor New York firefighter Stephen Siller, who ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers and gave his life trying to save others. His brother, Frank Siller, is the foundation's chairman, and pilots the foundation on its mission to build accessible homes for permanently disabled veterans.

"They want their own life," Siller said. "These are Americans that paid a big price. The houses have to be designed for them to live comfortably not just today, but for the rest of their lives."
Lance Corporal Juan Dominguez is one of the eleven veterans who benefited from the charity this year. Cpl. Dominguez stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost both his legs and one of his arms. During his grueling rehabilitation, he realized that his townhouse was no longer suitable-- too high and narrow for him to reach things from his wheelchair.
There are more than 50 triple or quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The U.S. government gives them $65,000 dollars to build or modify a home, but it often costs several times that, which is where the Tunnels to Towers Foundation steps in. With private donations, they built a $600,000 home for Cpl. Dominguez in Temecula, Calif., where he wanted to live. Cpl. Dominguez plans to eventually raise a family here with his new wife, Alexis.

"This house I guess was a sheer blessing from God and fate," he said.
The original video report by CBS is available below.

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