By Grant Bissell
Lake Ozark, MO (KSDK) - An American hero has a new place to call home. NewsChannel 5 has been following the story of Marine Corporal Todd Nicely, who lost his arms and legs to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
Nicely has been through a lot since that day in Afghanistan. He's mastered the use of prosthetic limbs and even re-taught himself to drive. But his daily life is still a struggle.
On Thursday, Nicely and his wife, Crystal were handed the keys to a custom-built smart home, designed to take the stress out of their lives.
The Nicely's new home has everything they could imagine and more: a custom-built shower to fit Todd's needs, a fully automated light, entertainment and air conditioning system and even an elevator to get from the kitchen to his new "man-cave."
"Now I'm going to be able to get into my home and live a normal life," said Nicely. "And the most important thing to me about this house is now my wife Crystal is going to get her independence back. She won't have to help me do so much. I don't have to worry about asking her to get dishes down out of the cabinets or helping me make something to eat because I can't reach the microwave."
The home was made possible in part by the Gary Sinise Foundation, the Steven Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the generosity of thousands of other donors. The Joshua Chamberlin Society will pay the Nicely's bills for the rest of their lives.
It's a gift Nicely family knows will be a life-changer after Todd sacrificed so much.
"There's no words to fully express what this means," said Crystal Nicely, a former Marine. "So we'll probably continue to say thank you for the rest of our lives."
There are 11 other homes like the Nicely's being built for other seriously wounded warriors, including one in Jefferson City.
If you'd like to get involved or donate, just click on the links below.
Gary Sinise Foundation
Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation