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Triple Amputee Veteran Gets New 'Smart Home'

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He lost both legs and his left arm while serving in Afghanistan, Wednesday retired Staff Sgt. Rusty Dunagan was handed over the keys to a brand new, customized smart home. He lost both legs and his left arm while serving in Afghanistan, Wednesday retired Staff Sgt. Rusty Dunagan was handed over the keys to a brand new, customized smart home.
DEER CREEK, Oklahoma -

He lost both legs and his left arm while serving in Afghanistan, Wednesday retired Staff Sgt. Rusty Dunagan was handed over the keys to a brand new, customized smart home.

Workers broke ground on the home back on July 9th. Almost exactly 10 months later, it's ready to move in.

The big welcome home ceremony was marked with all the patriotic fanfare fitting for a hero who made such an immense sacrifice for his country.

“You have to have people like Rusty out there taking the fight to the enemy in the dangerous world that we live in,” said William Wagasy, with the Gary Sinise Foundation during the ceremony.

Before SSgt Dunagan walked through the front door, he raised the American Flag with members of his Army unit including two soldiers who were there when the IED exploded.

“They were immediately on the scene and were the ones who extracted me out of the creek,” said SSgt Dunagan.

Over the past months, Rusty and his wife Angie worked with designers and construction crews making sure the home fit their tastes and Rusty's unique needs.

Now finished, the home will allow Rusty to be more independent. An open concept kitchen, dining and living room separates the Master suite and the kid's quarters with a separate play and TV area for the couple's five children. Almost everything in the home including lights, door locks, security system, and even the window blinds in the home can be controlled with an IPAD.

“I don't have to worry about him if I run to the store or to the doctor's appointment with the kids and have to call and ask are you okay?” said Angie Dunagan.

And now finally, after much anticipation they can start enjoying it all tonight.

“This is home and I look forward to growing our roots in the community,” said Rusty.

The home was built in part through the Gary Sinise Foundation. Almost every detail including the furniture was donated to the family.

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