Gary Sinise Foundation To Build House For Crestline Veteran

  • 9/19/2017 3:58:59 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

CRESTLINE, OH - We glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance. - Romans 5:3.

That's the bible verse tattooed on U.S. Army Captain Nick Vogt's arm after surviving a deadly injury overseas. While walking through a town in Afghanistan, Vogt stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED), which exploded on impact. The blast gave him a brain injury and put him in critical condition, eventually leading to both of his legs being amputated.

After recovering enough to be stable, Captain Vogt eventually returned to the United States, where he went through a long period of rehabilitation. During that time, he overcame many personal struggles and hardships - and eventually married his nurse, Lauren. The couple reached out to the Gary Sinise Foundation for help after numerous problems in their home presented themselves.

"The bathroom," Nick laughed. "How do I describe it best? Not being able to relax in a shower - having to balance yourself in a shower, things like that... It's a huge pain, one of those things that always nags me." 

Actor Gary Sinise, known for films such as The Green Mile and Forrest Gump, created the foundation which bears his name. The group is currently constructing over sixty "smart" homes for veterans around the country. The homes, built with larger hallways and a number of automated home systems, allow for greater mobility and wheelchair access, mobile-activated lights and home devices, and more. One of those homes will now belong to Nick and his family.

Groundbreaking for the home began on Tuesday morning. Since Nick and his family currently live right next door, they have a front-row seat of the construction process and the unique opportunity to watch their brand-new home come alive.

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