A paralyzed Afghan War veteran from central Missouri received a special gift for Veterans Day -- a “smart home” which was custom-built for him and designed to help him live as independently as possible.
Tyler Huffman, 24, is a native of Fulton who joined the Marines in 2007. He was paralyzed in Afghanistan in 2010 after being shot twice by an enemy sniper. Huffman initially sought to buy an existing home in the Fulton area that could be adapted to his needs, but a group of volunteers in Jefferson City banded together to build him the state-of-the-art home.
Updated 11:13 a.m. with information from St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Marine Corps spokeswoman comment.
St. Louis detectives are investigating an apparent attack on two Marines visiting the city as part of Marine Week.
Police say the incident happened early Monday. The Marines, ages 21 and 22, were walking in the area of downtown where Marine Week attractions are located. The victims told police that two young men approached them and offered to sell jewelry.