Disabled Vet gets a New Home
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A 9/11 charity is honoring this year's anniversary by giving a Centre County man the keys to a new home. Army Sgt. Adam Hartswick is a double leg amputee Army veteraN We were there when Hartswick entered the home for the first time. The new house party for Hartswick drew friends and others from across the country. The house, outside of Centre Hall, donated by the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, a group inspired by New York City firefighters at ground zero 18 years ago. The group is now dedicated to helping veterans and their families. The home is termed a smart home and is aimed at helping veterans live free of physical hardships. On a day when we hear the word hero a lot, Hartswick doesn´┐Ż't like it attached to his name. In the new home, photos show four of his fellow soldiers who died on the Afghanistan battlefield where Hartswick was injured, their names with him all the time. Hartswick said wow and thanks many times as he toured the new home. But he also reminded everyone of the current reality. Hartswick continues his life of public service. Now, an instructor for a company working with emergency responders and wounded veterans The Tunnel to Towers Foundation has either built or has in the works 85 of these homes. In fact, on the same day, another one is being donated in Maryland, ironically to a friend of Hartswick. Meanwhile, among his first plans here a birthday party for one of his cousins.