Army Staff Sergeant Samuel Shockley's specially adapted custom home in Washington has been life-changing. Ever since receiving the keys in September 2016, daily tasks have been much easier for him. He now has no trouble preparing his favorite dish, spaghetti and meatballs, thanks to the roll under sinks and lower countertops in his accessible kitchen. "The ability to transfer hot boiling water from the stove to the sink is now a safer and more efficient task," he says. Sam and his wife, Emely, have plenty of space to host family and friends. They celebrated Thanksgiving in their home for the first time last year. "I was excited to finally be able to host the holiday, which provided enough room to fit everyone in the home," he says. "The home provided a wonderful experience and gratefulness to have everyone under one roof."The freedom Sam regained from the home gives him the motivation and energy to pursue his goals. He is in college full-time working toward a degree in business management, and hopes to get his pilot license. "The home has benefitted my family by providing a great foundation, security, and financial freedom so my wife and I can use the money we would have spent on a mortgage to save and put toward a brighter future," he says."Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me and my wife a home that has forever changed my life for the better. You may not be able to see through my eyes what your gift has done for me, but let me say that I could not imagine any other home being more perfect for injured Veterans. I am truly appreciative of your help."