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Ribbon cut on home for local military hero

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AVERILL PARK, N.Y. – An official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today for a local military hero.

The ribbon was cut on Tech Sgt. Joe Wilkinson's new customized "smart home" in Averill Park Monday at 11 a.m.

Wilkinson was paralyzed as a result of degenerative nerve disease, believed to have been caused by his exposure to a toxic substance while serving in Iraq.

Many of these "smart homes" feature ramped entryways that can heat up during snow to allow for safe navigation. An easy pass device at the front door recognizes the owner and will open the door for them.

Motion sensors, pocket doors, and adjustable appliances are just a few of the features that these homes offer to injured veterans.

The home was a colloboration between Building for America's Bravest, the Gary Sinise Foundation, and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

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