Gary Sinise dedicates ‘smart home’ built for wounded veteran

CHEVY CHASE, Md. (AP) — Actor Gary Sinise attended the dedication in Maryland of a specially outfitted home that his foundation built for an Army captain who was severely wounded in Afghanistan.

The Gary Sinise Foundation says in a statement that the ceremony Friday in Chevy Chase marked the completion of one of more than 50 “smart homes” that the organization has built or is building for wounded veterans and their families.

Capt. Luis Avila was injured when an improvised bomb exploded in 2011. He lost his left leg and suffered two strokes, two heart attacks and brain damage. He is undergoing therapy at the nearby Walter Reed National Medical Center.

Avila is married, with three sons.

Sinise played a wounded veteran, Lt. Dan Taylor, in the Oscar-winning movie “Forrest Gump.”

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