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Heroes Helping Heroes Thanks To Gary Sinise Foundation

The veteran says he's "humbled" by the gift of a custom, specially-adapted Smart home. Wait until you hear this incredible story of survival and hope!

If you look up the word 'perseverance' in the dictionary, you should see a photo of Greg Galaezzi.

The 35-year-old U.S. Army veteran was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in the summer of 2010, following in the footsteps of his three older brothers who also served in the military. Soon after he was deployed, Galaezzi took over a platoon that lost their leader to a roadside bomb.

Greg Galaezzi joined the U.S. Army in 2010 and was quickly promoted to a captain position. Greg Galeazzi/Facebook

In 2011, Galaezzi was leading his platoon back to base when he was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED). He woke up three days later at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX.

"All I could do was scream," Galeazzi told KNOE. "It's hard to put into words that sickening, nauseating feeling to see that my legs were just gone."

Sadly, Galaezzi lost both of his legs and part of his right arm as a result of the explosion. He had to have multiple surgeries and went through months of physical therapy before he was able to live on his own again.

Greg underwent dozens of surgeries and suffered a host of complications after he lost his legs and part of his arm. Greg Galeazzi/Facebook

As a result of his traumatic experience, Galaezzi decided to enroll in medical school and become a doctor. After taking some online classes, Galaezzi applied and was accepted to Harvard Medical School, where he's the only person who uses a wheelchair in a class of 165 students.

Last weekend, Galaezzi was honored by the Gary Sinise Foundation, which presented him with a brand new house, custom-built to accommodate his disability. Before moving into his new home, Galaezzi lived in an apartment with his wife Jazmine and their 1-year-old son Teddy.

The Gary Sinise Foundation honored Galeazzi by building a custom home for him and his family. @O'Lyn Roofing/Facebook

"I'm feeling very humbled and grateful for everything that the Gary Sinise Foundation and so many donors and just individual Americans have contributed," Galeazzi told WCVB shortly after moving into the family's new home. "I don't know if words can really do justice — building this house, and to see it today completed, it's incredible."

The Gary Sinise Foundation was started by actor and advocate Gary Sinise to honor and empower veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.

Actor and activist Gary Sinise started his foundation to give back to veterans who have sacrificed so much for their country. @chipandcompany

"They have gone through unimaginable things and darned near given their lives for our country," Scott Schaeperkoetter, a spokesperson for the foundation, said. "We just try to give them as much independence back in their homes as possible."

Galaezzi, who just finished his third year of medical school, is looking forward to settling in his new home and helping out around the house more – especially since the family has another baby on the way.

Greg with his wife Jasmine and one-year-old son Teddy. The family has another baby on the way!Greg Galeazzi/Facebook

Galeazzi says his journey is far from over and he's looking forward to making an impact and helping others like him.

"If I can make a difference in patients' lives, I can make something positive come out of all the pain. If I'm able to achieve that, then perhaps everything will have been worth it."

After his injury, Galeazzi was inspired to go to medical school so that he can help others get the treatment they need to survive and thrive, like he has. Greg Galeazzi/Facebook

How can you start something good?

You can contribute to the Gary Sinise Foundation, and help them continue with their mission of helping veterans like Greg, by clicking here.

Let's #StartSomethingGood together!

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