NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Three years ago Tuesday, U.S. Army Sgt. Bryan Dilberian was almost mortally wounded by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.
As CBS 2’s Vanessa Murdock reported, three years later the triple amputee was looking forward to a future with greater independence, thanks to the group Building for America’s Bravest – and the New York Jets.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Staten Island Tuesday for a new home Dilberian, who lost both his legs and an arm in the July 1, 2011, attack. The attack also killed Dilberian’s best friend.
Dilberian got a hero’s welcome as he got off the back of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and was handed his prosthetic leg. He was sporting a Jets jersey.
“Three years ago, I got hit today. I lost a couple of friends,” Dilberian said. “And It’s just – it’s like a rebirth.”
The 2,800-square foot, three bedroom “smart home” is being built by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which has made one of its missions to support veterans who have left the battlefield with severe injuries and help them transition back to everyday life. The foundation is building the home through Building America’s Bravest, a partnership between Tunnel to Towers and the Gary Sinise Foundation.