At the end of a gravel road in Maysville, retired U.S. Marine Cpl. Sean Adams finds the “next step in the healing process for myself and so many others” in a home.
“It’s that next chapter in my life. I can finally shut the door on all the hardship I had to deal with, and I just hope I can bring my guys here and say, ‘Hey, look, it’s not over,’” Adams said.
Adams lost both legs after stepping on an improvised explosive device in 2012 in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.
With the dedication Friday, the Gary Sinise Foundation and various vendors helped build a “smart home” controlled at the touch of a tablet for Adams.
Adams sat with girlfriend Callie Baize, 3-year-old Paisley and his dog Kevin for the dedication ceremony outside of the home.
A giant American flag obscured the home before the reveal.
“To see them finally get to move in, it just means so much to Sean, Callie and Paisley and their family,” Gary Sinise Foundation executive director Judith Otter said.
The new home is the beginning of the healing process for all those around Adams, he said, as he gets to live in “a new normal.”
The house is built with better accessibility for Adams. He has a digital stovetop within reach and doesn’t worry about leaning too far out of his chair for the oven.
“When I get up in the morning, I don’t have to take an hour and a half just to get a shower, put some clothes on and get out the door,” he said.
Sean’s passion for muscle cars is fulfilled with the garage, where he has his eyes on working with his ‘70 Chevelle SS and an older Corvette.
Adams recognized the fellow servicemen in the audience, some he hadn’t seen in years, as the “true heroes” who came to his aid.
“We only knew each other for a short time, because that’s what Marines do and that’s what servicemembers do. They are brothers,” he said.
In August, friends and family wrote their well wishes on the walls of the new home before the interior work was finished.
Adams appreciated that he was allowed input on the home, which can be seen in the fireplace. The fixture gives “the home a homey feel,” he said.
“You go into some homes, you’re afraid to spill a glass. Here, it’s a home. Stuff’s going to get spilled. I just want anyone and everyone that comes in here from any walk of life to feel comfortable,” he said.
Paisley ran through the halls with a chocolate cupcake into her room, decked out with butterflies.
“(Adams) picked the beautiful deer chandelier, but I did all the light fixtures, because I know he’d go plain,” Baize said. “So we went a little fancy on the light fixtures.”
Adams is still figuring out how he wants to pay it forward for fellow veterans and others, as he discussed the possibility of horses or using the muscle garage as therapeutical tools.