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Wounded Veteran Receives New, Mortgage-Free Home On Long Island

July 03, 2018 - 2:22 pm
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MELVILLE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- A retired Army corporal who was wounded 10 years ago in Iraq has been presented with the keys to his brand new, mortgage-free smart home on Long Island.

"I can't express how happy I am," said retired Army Cpl. Christopher Levi after he walked into his beautiful new home in Melville on Tuesday. "If I was to actually be able to conceive all the awesomeness of today, I would just fall over."

Levi lost both of his legs and part of his hand when his Humvee was hit by an improvised explosive device in Iraq in March 2008.

But his injuries haven't stopped him. He has since earned his bachelor's degree, passed the Series 7 exam, which is taken by stockbrokers to obtain a license to trade, and is now a financial planner. 

Despite all that he's been through, Levi has a bright spirit and said he always tries to find the good in the world and in people. 

"I am surrounded by inspirational, outstanding people every single day and I try pick up a little lesson here, and a little lesson there," Levi said. "If I am anything above a boring, standard, average person, I only have the people to thank around me that have made me that way."

Levi spent more than a year in the hospital recovering from his injuries ,and when he was released, he moved into his parents' house in Holbrook.

Now, thanks to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and many sponsors, Levi has a home to call his own.

"I don't feel I deserve any of it, but I do hope to earn it eventually," the 35-year-old said.

The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath ranch home includes an open floor plan as well as special cabinets, bathrooms and lighting units to help him easily maneuver around the house.

“There is no better way to celebrate Independence Day than to give a Purple-Heart hero some of his independence back,” said Frank Siller, CEO of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. “I hope this smart home will allow him to lead as independent a life as possible.”

While he now has his own place to live, Levi said home will always be where his family is.

"Anywhere I can hang out with my nieces and my family, I feel at home," Levi said. "It doesn't matter if I'm at a beach, or at their house or at my house. I always feel very at home with them."