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Woody Johnson gives $1 million donation to help build homes for injured Army veterans

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Sergeant Bryan Dilberian lost three limbs in an explosion in Afghanistan three years ago. With the help of New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, he’s getting a new “smart home” to better accommodate his needs.

According to Dennis Waszak Jr. of the Associated Press, Johnson donated $1 million to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation for its “Building for America’s Bravest” program. The money donated will build two modified homes, including one for Dilberian.

Dilberian lost both legs and an arm when an improvised explosive device exploded. The blast killed a few others and maimed Dilberian.

The 2,800-foot, three bedroom home will be customized to meet Dilberian’s needs and feature the ability to control various aspects through the use of an iPad.

“It’s going to mean everything to me,” Dilberian said. “I’m not going to be relying on nurses coming to the house. I don’t have to rely on just, people just coming to help me. I love to cook. Now, this is going to give me the fundamentals to cook again.”

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19 Responses to “Woody Johnson gives $1 million donation to help build homes for injured Army veterans”
  1. zipnyc says: Jul 1, 2014 11:34 PM

    Anyone who helps veterans is a class act.

  2. jetsclaps says: Jul 2, 2014 12:03 AM

    Wow, bravo Mr. Johnson

  3. topspin24 says: Jul 2, 2014 12:11 AM

    Well done, Mr. Johnson. We’d love to see the other 31 owners follow suit.

  4. dougouts says: Jul 2, 2014 12:19 AM

    Kudos to Mr. Johnson for his choice of donating to this very worthwhile cause! Sgt. Dilberian will now be able to partially regain what he gave up for us. I only wish our disabled veterans didn’t have to wait for a wealthy donor before being able to put the pieces back together again. – A Viet Vet

  5. dickshotdogs says: Jul 2, 2014 12:27 AM

    I have so much respect for Mr. Johnson. The world needs more of you, sir.

    Patriots fan

  6. dlk47823 says: Jul 2, 2014 12:29 AM

    Well done, Woody

  7. minnesotablizzard says: Jul 2, 2014 12:36 AM

    Bring the troops home and stop making more of them. We already have too many veterans for the VA to properly care for as is.

  8. staffordcalvinbush says: Jul 2, 2014 12:55 AM

    Think if 31 other multi-millionares / billionares did this.
    Props to you, Woody.

  9. dickjagger says: Jul 2, 2014 1:34 AM

    That’s awesome – good for him!

  10. bradyisyourdaddy says: Jul 2, 2014 2:06 AM

    Wow. Jets start the season off with a win.

    Hope other owners follow suit…

    Not many causes better than this one.

  11. ryanclark25 says: Jul 2, 2014 2:29 AM

    Great job Woody.

  12. whyamiacowboysfanagain says: Jul 2, 2014 6:53 AM

    going to use a word not oftern associated with the NY Jets or Woody Johnson….. class.

  13. kehav1 says: Jul 2, 2014 7:11 AM

    Great Job Woody Johnson. This is the true human spirit
    . Hope more NFL owners would do the same.

  14. atlfan31833 says: Jul 2, 2014 7:16 AM

    Absolutely AWESOME!!! Love to hear about “giving back” especially when it comes to the troops.

  15. ajg314 says: Jul 2, 2014 7:56 AM

    Good for you, Woody.

  16. baltimorons says: Jul 2, 2014 8:06 AM

    Let’s see the cheap Rooney’s match this. They’ll probably ask for public funding to help contribute.

  17. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Jul 2, 2014 9:32 AM

    Impressed. What would be even more impressive is if he did it anonymously

  18. 700levelvet says: Jul 2, 2014 10:18 AM

    Props. Very nicely done Sir

  19. natelan says: Jul 2, 2014 4:23 PM

    If he and his GOP goons actually paid taxes and stopped stonewalling veterans aid bills in congress, these sorts of handouts wouldn’t be necessary.

    He skirts millions of dollars in taxes every year, then donates a small portion to his charity of choice and gets lauded as a patriot, when he is in fact, the exact opposite.

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