Ground was broken Thursday for a new smart home for a triple-amputee from Patrick County who was injured fighting in Afghanistan.
"It's very exciting, and kind of overwhelming. I don't know the right reaction to have to it," said J.B. Kerns. His new smart home will be built in Ararat next to the Rolling Thunder Raceway and beside the Ararat River.
The former Marine was injured while fighting in Afghanistan. Kerns lost parts of both legs and his right arm in an accident involving an Improvised Explosive Device, or IED.
"I love to be able to inspire people. You can still do anything you want to do. You just got to set your mind to it and you can do whatever. I don't let it slow me down I keep going," Kerns said.
Actor Gary Sinise’s foundation and the Stephen Sillers Tunnel to Towers Foundation has helped raise money for Kerns’ new home.
Local companies are donating furniture and appliances for the house, that's 100 percent free of charge to Kerns. It's a smart home that relies heavily on technology.
"They can operate their whole house on an iPad or on their iPhone. That would be heating, cooling, lighting, even setting the temperature for the shower," said a contractor heading the construction of the house.
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