Purple Heart recipient U.S. Army Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Casey Jones and his wife Shannon were officially welcomed into their new home, provided by the Gary Sinise Foundation, in Sevierville, Tennessee late last month. The home was built through the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program, which provides 100% mortgage-free specially adapted smart homes for our nation’s most severely wounded heroes.
Members of the Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville (HBAGK) – which represents Knox, Sevier, and 14 other East Tennessee counties supported the construction of the new home which was built by the Gary Sinise Foundation.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Jones family was treated to a unique virtual home dedication from the Gary Sinise Foundation and their partners. Casey and his wife Shannon previously lived in a two-story home in Knoxville that was not constructed to be accessible to Casey’s needs. The Gary Sinise Foundation provided Casey and Shannon with a specially adapted smart home designed to ease Casey’s daily challenges and allow them to feel comfortable in their own home.
“The Gary Sinise Foundation is honored to provide a home to one of our nation’s heroes, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Casey Jones. This home was specifically designed to help Casey each day regain independence and mobility that was lost as a result of his injury,” said Elizabeth Fields, Chief Operating Officer of the Gary Sinise Foundation. “Thank you to all of our partners for helping us show Casey and his wife Shannon how grateful we are for their service and sacrifice. We wish them a lifetime of blessings and happiness in their forever home.”
On May 16, 2013, while deployed in Senjaray, Afghanistan, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Casey Jones was tasked with clearing a compound that would serve as the location for a command post. As he was assisting his team leader, Casey stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED), which detonated beneath him, causing him to lose both of his legs.
After Casey arrived at Walter Reed National Military Center, he spent two years learning how to walk again. Although the process was grueling, Casey persevered, and his wife Shannon was there to support him every step of the way.
Casey served our nation from October 2012 to May 2013 earning many distinguished awards such as the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal (2), NCO Development Award, Good Conduct Medal (2), and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
“This was such a rewarding project to be involved with,” said Dan Mitchell of Eagle CDI, a member of HBAGK. “The Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville gives back to the community in hundreds of ways, but when you see people as deserving as Casey and Shannon getting a new home designed specifically for them and their unique needs, it brings that giving to life for the dozens of HBAGK members who participated.”
The Gary Sinise Foundation was established under the philanthropic direction of actor Gary Sinise, who has been an advocate of our nation’s defenders for nearly forty years. Our mission is to serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. Its programs—designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities—serve America’s heroes and their loved ones 365 days a year. Learn more: www.garysinisefoundation.org
The Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville represents thousands of the most trusted, professional and experienced home builders, developers and remodelers in Knox, Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Fentress, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier and Union counties in East Tennessee. See www.HBAKnoxville.com for more information.