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Wounded Marine gets custom home in Temecula to fit needs

September 11, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Marine Cpl. Juan Dominguez, 28, lost both legs and his right arm when a roadside bomb exploded in Afghanistan in 2010.

On Tuesday, the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, several organizations stepped forward to pay for his new home in Temecula. But the home he got the keys to wasn't just any home. It was a "smart home," equipped with countless features designed to make life a little easier.

There's an elevator to get to the second floor, a toilet lid that's activated by motion sensors and cabinetry that descends when needed. Almost everything can be controlled by his iPad.

"All the lighting, as well as the shades, they automatically lower, raise, and they even form slats just to let in a little bit of light," said Danielle Tocco, Director of Communications for Standard Pacific Homes.

All of the features cost about $50,000, but they were donated - along with the home itself - to the Dominguez family.

"The chance to be able to go everywhere inside my house, upstairs, down stairs, every bathroom, every room, it's awesome because it doesn't feel like a prison like my house does currently. It feels like I have the freedom to run around the house," Dominguez said.

Actor Gary Sinise, who was active in making sure this wounded warrior got a tribute he deserves, was among many on hand for the unveiling.