The Tunnel to Towers (T2T) Foundation delivered a mortgage-free smart home to Army Sgt. 1st Class Dustin Magner, during a Dedication Ceremony on Dec. 20, according to a T2T news release.
Magner entered the U.S. Army’s delayed entry program in 1995 and left for basic training a year later. Throughout his career, he served with the 5th Ranger Training Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion-87th Infantry Regiment, and 10th Mountain Division.
He attended Ranger School in 1998, became a Jumpmaster, competed in the 2001 Best Ranger Competition, and served as a squad leader during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2009, the release says.
While responding to an improvised explosive device (IED) attack on another platoon on June 1, 2009, Magner’s vehicle was also struck by an IED, from which he suffered fractures in his spine resulting in permanent paralysis from just below the chest down. The sergeant was medically retired from the Army on Nov. 4, 2013.
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation Smart Home Program builds specially adapted mortgage-free smart homes that help the most catastrophically injured veterans and first responders to reclaim their day-to-day independence.
Sgt. Magner, his wife Army Maj. Rebecca Magner and their children Army Specialist James Magner and twins, Michael and Maia, were welcomed into their new home in Lutz, which features automatic exterior doors, zero threshold doorways and wide hallways.
Published January 03, 2024