An American hero severely injured in Iraq is being given a renewed chance at independence.


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In 2007, over 35 percent of Marine Corporal Ronny "Tony" Porta’s body was burned when a roadside bomb exploded. He lost his right arm and the fingers on his left hand, and has endured 125 reconstructive surgeries.

The Tunnel to Towers and Gary Sinise Foundations are teaming up to build Porta and other wounded veterans specially adapted homes.

Today on The Real Story, Porta said joining the Marines was the best decision of his life. His son is named Kenneth Charles, in honor of two fellow Marines who were killed.


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Frank Siller started the Tunnel to Towers Foundation in honor of his brother, Stephen, who was a firefighter killed on 9/11.

Siller told Gretchen Carlson, “This home is going to give back Tony some of his independence. These are smart homes that are constructed for their needs.”

Porta said when he first saw the mock-up of his new home, he wanted to cry. He said Siller is helping his family accomplish the American dream of owning a house. “Little by little he’s changing my life.”