On December 3, 2010, life changed dramatically for Cpl. Tyler Huffman.
While serving in Afghanistan, Tyler was shot in the chest by an enemy sniper, leaving him paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. And while he is grateful to survive his injuries, day-to-day activities are a challenge.
Then something wonderful happened. Land was graciously donated to build Huffman a new home, and with help from various organizations, Operation Tyler was created.
Donations and contributions are still needed to get the house construction underway and Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band in an effort to raise funds.
Operation Tyler is trying to build Huffman and his family a brand new "smart" house - outfitted with features to ease life for a disabled person - in the hope that it will ease some of his daily struggles and give him the thanks he deserves for his sacrifice. But because construction cannot begin until all the funds have been acquired, Stephen Siller's Tunnel to Towers Foundation have teamed up with Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band in an effort to raise funds through a benefit concert.
Not only did 100 percent of ticket sales from the concert go directly to Operation Tyler, the Veterans United Foundation joined in to help make the benefit a success by donating $65,000 to the project. They also matched every 100 tickets sold with 100 more tickets, in order to provide free tickets to local military members, first responders, and fire fighters. We were excited to see many local veterans attend the concert, including three homeless veterans who might otherwise not been able to enjoy the patriotic event.
We are excited to announce Tyler's house is well underway of being finished. Thanks to the passionate employees at Veterans United, partnerships like these are possible. We are proud to work with other organizations who are making a difference in the lives of those who have served and sacrificed. This is one example of such efforts.