‘Smart home’ to be built for triple-amputee; benefit concert to be held Nov. 2
Friday, September 20th, 2013
Issue 38, Volume 17.
A Lt. Dan Band concert will be held on the steps of Temecula City Hall on Nov. 2.
This announcement came one year after the dedication of a smart home in Temecula built for triple-amputee veteran Cpl. Juan Dominguez.
The foundation also asked for the help of the community to raise money for the smart house. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the concert will go directly towards helping Lammers.
The smart house runs off an iPhone or iPad, and everything can be controlled with the click of a button.
"It gives the catastrophically injured solider the ability to do things on their own, and give them back their independence," said Chris Cuban, director of media relations of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
The operations in the smart house help make the lives of the injured easier. It makes a difference in their lives, he also said.
Plans to as when the house will be completed is unknown, the concert is the first step to raising the money to build the house.
The house will have typical functions that someone in a wheelchair would need, such as lowering the blinds or a cook top that lowers to their level. It can even be controlled in any part of the world.
"When you or I go to our kitchen to grab a plate or cup out of the cabinet, they really can’t do that," Cuban said.
Each home is custom designed, and built to fit their needs.
These homes also cost about $500,000, however in California it will cost a little bit more.
Operation Matt is what the foundation is calling the community effort to build Lammers this smart home, said Cuban.
While in Afghanistan, an explosion caused Lammers to loseboth of his legs and his left arm.
Lammers said he is grateful for the efforts to build a smart house and is already thinking about how he can give back to the community.
"Temecula has welcomed me and opened their arms," said Dominguez, who introduced the crowd to his friend.
"I know that you guys are going to welcome Matt Lammers…I feel really safe here, I feel comfortable. I don’t feel like I get stared at, I feel like I get looked at here as a person, and not because of my injuries," he continued to say.
The neighborhood that he chose to live in unknowingly was named in memory of soldiers who died on 9/11.
Just as Dominguez felt, Lammers also doesn’t think people look at him strange in the community.
"They look at me as a person, not somebody that’s different," he said.
Some of Temecula city council members welcomed Lammers to the city.
"[The community and city members] will welcome you, we will love you, we will pay you back and you will enjoy being in this community to a degree that we can help you erase your pains and your anguish and everything that you went through," said Temecula Mayor Michael Naggar to Dominguez and Lammers during a speech. "I promise you we will do that."
Councilwoman Maryann Edwards said she hopes Temecula will be the haven where heroes come to live.
A personal message from Sinise was also read to Lammers and the crowd. Sinise played Lt. Dan in "Forest Gump" who had his legs amputated.
Siller was the reason why they were standing on those steps Wednesday morning, said Cuban. Siller was a firefighter who lost his life on Sept. 11, 2001. The foundation was made in dedication to him to keep his memory alive.
Tickets for The Lt. Dan Band benefit concert on Nov. 2 at Temecula City Hall are available at
OperationMatt.com. For those that cannot attend the event but still would like to donate, visit
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