It’s the little things in life that matter. Things like holding the door for someone, paying a compliment, letting a wounded veteran know they are appreciated. Well, thanking a veteran is precisely what the Gary Sinise Foundation and country star Trace Adkins did in Tennessee recently. And it should come as no surprise, given the folks involved, that it was no small thing.
According to Clarksville Now, multiple organizations, including Trace Adkins and the Gary Sinise Foundation, collaborated on building a custom home for wounded veteran Sgt. Christopher Kurtz. Kurtz lost both legs and two fingers in 2010 while serving with the 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan. It has been a long decade-plus for Christopher Kurtz and his family, but their sacrifices are finally paying off.
Clarksville Now reports that the Adams, Tennessee home was designed with Sgt. Cristopher Kurtz’s specific needs in mind. As of September 13, the foundations were in place, but there was still plenty of work to do on the new house. Even still, Trace Adkins and representatives from the Gary Sinise Foundation participated in a “Walls of Honor” ceremony at the site of the work in progress.
“Any time I have an opportunity to be in the presence of or associate with veterans, the heroes that we have produced in this country, I’m going to do anything I can to take advantage of that opportunity. I love these men and women,” Trace Adkins told the outlet.
Trace Adkins had nothing but kind words for the Gary Sinise Foundation. Without their initiative, opportunities like these wouldn’t be as plentiful.
Sgt. Christopher Kurtz Calls the Support from Trace Adkins & the Gary Sinise Foundation a ‘Blessing’
According to the foundation’s website, this home is a product of the R.I.S.E program (Restoring Independence Creating Empowerment). The goal is to provide accessible homes and vehicles for wounded veterans like Sgt. Christopher Kurtz. Speaking of Kurtz, he could hardly believe the appearance of Trace Adkins, let alone having an entire custom house built for his family.
“This place is awesome. It’s going to be a great place to grow the family. My kids are going to be in great schools. This entire community is very supportive. I can’t ask for more. This is an incredible opportunity, and I can’t be more thankful. It’s just a blessing,” Kurtz told Clarksville Now.
It wasn’t just Trace Adkins wishing the Kurtz family well, however. Gary Sinise himself wrote a letter of appreciation to the Kurtz’s. He reiterated how deserving they are of their new home.
“The messages written within these walls are to fill your new home with the love and appreciation of a grateful nation for all you have done in service to our country,” wrote Sinise.