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Designing homes to fit injured war vets & their families

Inside one of the homes built for The Wounded Warrior Home Project
Photo from Clark Realty Capital Website
Inside one of the homes built for The Wounded Warrior Home Project

A University at Buffalo architect has played a role in helping to design homes specifically created for wounded war veterans and their families. 

It is part of the Wounded Warrior Home Project at Fort Belvoir in Virginia.

"They asked me if I would be a part of it and I thought it would be an unbelievable experience and also an honor to be part of such a wonderful project," said Danise Levine, architect and assistant director at UB's IDEA Center.

Levine  was contacted by Clark Realty Capital in Washington, D.C., the creator of the Wounded Warrior homes.
They were looking for experts to create adequate housing for those returning from the war with injuries, but would be remaining on active duty..

"The gentleman that is going to live in one of the houses that we've designed is double amputee above the knee and he was injured two years ago, so what he can do is not really am determined we know yet he is very good upper body strength but whether he's going to be using a wheelchair throughout his house or at some point befitted for prosthetics when I really sure that yet," said Levine.

The homes are lease on the army base in Virginia. The concept is to provide a design for a variety of abilities and disabilities. 

The new home Levin helped design accommodates not only the needs of  war vet, but also his family.

"This particular family is a mom and dad with five kids ranging from the age of six-month-old 17 years old, so what we wanted to do with design health for the entire family," said Levine.

The designers also consider those vets who might be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, vision or brain injuries, by providing outside lighting for home security.

The Wounded Warrior homes include other amenities such as adjustable sinks, wider hallways and sliding interior doors.