Double-Amputee Retired Army Captain Given New Adapted Smart Home

Andrew Greenstein
March 14, 2019 - 1:48 pm
Retired Army Cpt. Jake Murphy

Credit: Andrew Greenstein, 1080 KRLD

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ARGYLE (1080 KRLD) - A U.S. Army captain who lost both of his legs in an IED explosion in 2011 is given a brand new home in Argyle.

Retired Army Cpt. Jake Murphy and his family were given the new home by the Gary Sinise Foundation.

In seeing his new home, Cpt. Murphy was rendered speechless.

“The design work, the accessibility, the smart features, the outside — I mean, I’m without words,” says Murphy. “It's a place that (children) Nolan and Lilah will be able to grow in, through high school and beyond. (It’s) a place (wife) Lisa and I will be able to grow our bond that's already pretty strong even better.”

During a welcoming ceremony Thursday morning, Murphy notes that 2,791 days prior, his life changed forever as an IED exploded while he was on patrol in Afghanistan.

“On the 2,792nd day, my family — Lisa and Nolan and Lilah ... will be moving into our smart home,” Murphy told a crowd of about 300 gathered in front of his home.

Murphy is able to walk with a pair of prosthetic legs and sometimes uses a wheelchair, which the home was built to accommodate.

The home also has many smart features that can be controlled with an app on a smartphone or a tablet.

Murphy says those smart features will come in very handy and will make his life a lot easier.

“We go to follow (our children) on a phone with the cameras,” Murphy says. “So we don't have to literally be up running up to catch them, because getting up and down — it can be done but not nearly as fast.”

Murphy found out he was getting the home in a phone call from Gary Sinise himself.

He says he got the call while he was pursuing his MBA at UT Dallas — and he almost didn’t answer the phone.

“I was walking to the library to take a test, and I got this phone call,” recalls Murphy. “It’s from an LA number; and I thought, ‘I don't have time for this, and I have a test in like 20 minutes.’”

After getting the call, he took his test and called his wife to give her the news.

Murphy doesn’t remember exactly how well he did on that test; he says he probably did very well because he earned his MBA.