Moving In

Well over 100 people attended the dedication ceremony of the specially adapted smart home for Cannon County’s own hero, Army Sergeant Franz Walkup who was wounded in 2012 in Afghanistan.  The home is designed to adapt to the needs of retired Sgt. Walkup accomodating his ability to perform simple tasks of everyday life after he suffered major nerve damage to his legs and severe abdominal injuries.  The home was built through the R.I.S.E program of the Gary Sinse Foundation as it continues to honor America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need.  Through the Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment program, specially adapted smart homes are being constructed for severely wounded veterans nationwide.  The Foundation along with their building partners have now constructed 31 homes for severely wounded veterans.  For more information about the Foundation and its many programs visit  Franz and his wife Shannon were handed the keys to their new home, where they plan to be completely moved in before the end of the holidays.   WBRY will replay the ceremony live starting at 9:00 Friday morning on AM-1540/Shine 107.1FM.  More pictures are available on the WBRY Facebook and Video clips will be added Friday.