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Local Charity Presents Wounded Dutchess Veteran With Smart Home

Stephen Valyou, an Army veteran wounded in Iraq in 2007, was presented with a smart home Thursday provided by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
Stephen Valyou, an Army veteran wounded in Iraq in 2007, was presented with a smart home Thursday provided by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Photo Credit: Time Warner Cable News screen grab

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- He became paralyzed from the waist down after a sniper shot him in Iraq. On Thursday, June 23, a Staten Island-based charity presented Army veteran Stephen Valyou with an accessible smart home, according to Time Warner Cable News.

Valyou, who was wounded in 2007, received the new home through the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation , according to TWC News.

The home is specially designed to allow many of its systems -- including its heating, security and musical sound systems -- to be operated from an iPad, according to TWC News.

Valyou told TWC News that the features allow him to interact with and monitor his children and that rooms like the kitchen, bathroom and others are easily accessible.

The Stephen Siller Tower to Tunnels Foundation takes its name from Stephen Siller, who died on Sept. 11, 2001, according to TWC News.

Click here to see the report from Time Warner Cable News .

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