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Arlington Heights hero gets a new home

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Dan Tsutsumi took a first look at a makeover of his Arlington Heights home on Monday afternoon. Tsutsumi, a veteran who served tours of duty in Iraq, was paralyzed after a swimming accident which occurred after his time of military service.

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Dan Tsutsumi, center, took a first look at a makeover of his Arlington Heights home on Monday afternoon. Tsutsumi, a veteran who served tours of duty in Iraq, was paralyzed after a swimming accident which occurred after his time of military service. Here, his mother Barb at far left offers her approval of the remodeled room as she smiles at the family dog.

Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

Iraq War veteran Dan Tsutsumi poses for pictures Monday with his mother and father as well as those who participated in the remodeling project at his parents' Arlington Heights home.

Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

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This morning, Dan Tsutsumi will wake up in his own room for the first time in 17 months. The 27-year-old paralyzed Marine Corps veteran has been sleeping in a hospital bed in his parents' dining room for a year, but last night he slept in a new, fully accessible studio built by Designing for Veterans."It's just wonderful in here," he said.
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    • Dan Tsutsumi took a first look at a makeover of his Arlington Heights home on Monday afternoon. Tsutsumi, a veteran who served tours of duty in Iraq, was paralyzed after a swimming accident which occurred after his time of military service.
    • Dan Tsutsumi, center, took a first look at a makeover of his Arlington Heights home on Monday afternoon. Tsutsumi, a veteran who served tours of duty in Iraq, was paralyzed after a swimming accident which occurred after his time of military service. Here, his mother Barb at far left offers her approval of the remodeled room as she smiles at the family dog.
    • Iraq War veteran Dan Tsutsumi poses for pictures Monday with his mother and father as well as those who participated in the remodeling project at his parentsí Arlington Heights home.
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