Syracuse veteran gets custom-built smart home

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Volunteers were out in Pompey on Wednesday working on the landscaping for a custom-built smart home being given to a local veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan.

Specialist Matt Leyva lost both of his legs in 2011 after stepping on an improvised explosive device.

Now, the Home Depot, along with the Stephen Siller Tunnel-to-Towers Foundation, are putting the final touches on a home built specifically to his needs.

To add to the excitement, he won't even know what it looks like until he moves in on Sept. 11.

"It's a surprise. Like he and his family had to sign waivers saying they would not come within a mile of this house.  So, when they come here on September 11th, it's going to be this huge reveal..  It’s going to be very exciting.  I can't wait to just be here for that,” said Maggie Dehaan, with Home Depot.

The Syracuse native spent nearly a year rehabilitating in Texas before returning home to New York.

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