Corporal Alan Babin Jr. fell under heavy gunfire while serving overseas in March of 2003.

“I met Alan back in the hospital years ago,” said actor Gary Sinise of the Gary Sinise Foundation. “It's hard to even recall when because he was injured so early in the Iraq war, I mean he was injured the first month we entered that conflict.”

Gary Sinise met with him once again on Friday. However, it was not in a hospital room, it was in Babin’s new home.

“[It] will allow him to do things he hasn't been able to do,” he said.

Babin proved that to be true. The first thing he did was use his new iPad to open and close the blinds.

“I mean, I've never gotten to do that before, that’s just so cool,” Babin said, as his eyes lit up. “I think for other people it might not be a big thing, but for me, that's huge.”

Sinise said the custom homes they provide allow for the families to get back to normalcy.

“To help this new generation of Lieutenant Dan’s survive and thrive and move on, that's a good feeling,” Sinise said with a smile.

Both Babin and his mother said they are both excited and ready to get some of their independence back.