Community pitches in to honor a real hero

Congratulations to everyone responsible for making sure U.S. Army Spc. Kyle Hockenberry’s specially designed smart home a reality.

The effort took a major step ahead Friday when ground was broken on the $375,000 home in?Newport Township. The project is fully funded thanks to donations kicked off with a live August concert at Marietta College by actor Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band.

Sinise is a longtime supporter of veterans and works tirelessly to help wounded warriors. The combined efforts of Sinise’s foundation and the Stephen Siller Tunner to Towers Foundation are making sure Hockenberry’s home gets built. The work to build homes for quadruple and triple amputees.

It’s great that Hockenberry was able to return to the area for Friday’s ceremony. Hockenberry is undergoing rehabilitation in San Antonio as he recovers from injuries suffered while on duty in June 2010 in Afghanistan. Hockenberry lost both legs and an arm while serving America.

Hockenberry’s new home will be on land along Bell’s Run Road that’s been owned by his family for about 100 years. It’s also on the site of Hockenberry’s great-great-grandmother’s home. On a personal level, those are two reasons why Hockenberry’s new home will hold a special place in his heart.

At Friday’s ceremony Hockenberry expressed appreciation for the long list of donors and donations.

To that we can only reply to Hockenberry: Thank you for serving our nation so heroically.