CHEVY CHASE, Md. (WJZ) — It was a Veterans Day celebration with a focus on home. More specifically, a brand new home, sponsored by actor Gary Sinise’s foundation aiding wounded veterans.
The motorcycles rumbled into a quiet Chevy Chase neighborhood escorting Captain Luis Avila and his family. Waiting was actor Gary Sinise and scores of family, friends and neighbors.READ MORE: Kendrick Hasty's Death Ruled Homicide, Linked To 2016 Baltimore Shooting
Severely injured in an IED blast in Iraq, the Avilas were moving into their new home.
“And it is my honor to be here to honor him and his family on this special day,” said Sinise.
The Avilas are the 15th family this year to receive a home sponsored by the Gary Sinise Foundation.
The state-of-the-art house was specially designed to give Luis Avila not only freedom of movement, but a degree of independence not found in a standard home.READ MORE: Pasadena Man Died In Dec. 2020 As a Result Of 1984 Shooting, Medical Examiner Rules
“Thank you for all you’ve given and for all you’ve sacrificed on behalf of this nation,” said Sinise.
The ceremony ended with a heartfelt thanks from the Avila family.
“Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart,” Captain Avila’s wife, Claudia, said.
“It’s not a key, it’s an iPad, and it’s going to make this house work,” said Sinise. “Congratulations on your new home. Welcome home, my friend.”MORE NEWS: A Year Ago, Maryland Reported Its First COVID Cases. Today Gov. Hogan Will Honor Those Who Lost Their Lives To The Virus
Captain Avila was wounded in 2011 and has been recovering at Walter Reed Hospital, just down the street from his new home.