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Ground Breaks on Amputee Soldier's New Home

Juan Dominguez, along with his fiancee, police, fire and other dignitaries, moved the first shovels full of dirt on a home being built for the soldier who lost three limbs in Afghanistan.

Dignitaries broke ground on a home today for Juan Dominguez, a soldier who lost three limbs during a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Dominguez, along with his fiancee, police, fire and other officials, moved the first shovels full of dirt at the site of his future home in the Paseo Del Sol housing tract on Butterfield Stage Road just south of Pauba Road.

Standard Pacific Homes is building Dominguez's home, which will be customized to accommodate his disability, and Frank Siller of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and headed the effort.

Dominguez currently lives in San Diego.

Ned Wallace of Wallace Air Cargo based in Newport Beach paid for most of the construction with a donation of $450,000, according to Frank Siller.

The organizations raised additional money by throwing a concert featuring Gary Sinise's "Lt. Dan Band" at the Civic Center.

The concert grossed $130,000, though the cost of the concert and the net benefit were unavailable today, Siller said.

"We've raised enough funds, but anything raised above it will go to (the customizations,)" Siller said. They will likely cost an additional $50,000, he said.

Speakers stepped up to the podium before breaking ground to laud the disabled soldier for his service to his country. "I can't image your sacrifice," said Jeff Comerchero.

Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight took the mic and sung Dominguez's praises, saying he was part of a movement to unify the country. "We're had a real problem (in the U.S.), especially since the 60s… about the way this country is going, but we've rallied," he said.

Dominguez said he was happy he chose to move to Temecula. He recalled a time when he was visiting the site earlier, and a neighbor came out to introduce herself.

"She came out just to say, 'Hi, welcome to Temecula, we're your neighbors,'" Dominguez said. "I've never been to a community where they do things like that."

Alan Salls May 05, 2012 at 03:38 AM
May he (and his future family?) be blessed in their new home and enjoy our community! This is a great thing - something we need to see more of in the news.
markgarcie May 05, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Wonderful to see the support from the public for this young man, god bless and good luck.
Brokker May 06, 2012 at 03:17 AM
I think it is wonderful
temeculan May 06, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Juan Dominguez, God bless you sir and thank you for your service. And, an answer for Steve Newman: because, with the high price of real property, it is cheaper to built up than out and if you need more sq ft for your family or want more real estate value you go with two stories. Make sense?
R. Hodges May 28, 2012 at 05:35 PM
The house is custom built for him and includes an elevator, special cabinets, ramps, special bedroom, bathrooms and kitchen design and more automation than you might imagine. The builder has really stepped up to meet his needs. Juan picked this particular house - I live in this tract and was there at the ground breaking to meet Juan who is truly a class act! Not to worry, this house has every feature current day technology has to offer to provide he and his wife to be, every comfort possible all things considered. May God bless Juan and all those who have made this possible! Proud to be Juan's neighbor! RH
R. Hodges May 28, 2012 at 05:42 PM
To retro fit an existing home would likely double the cost or worse. The wonderful people that put these things together have done their homework and thought of every contingency - I assure you Juan is not a house "flipper" - And if he opted to move, which would be his right, the home would most likely end up serving another Vet.

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