Operation Tyler Needs More Funds

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JEFFERSON CITY - Hollywood Actor Gary Sinise is selling tickets -- tickets to a concert to helpTyler Huffman, a U.S. Marine who was paralyzed by a sniper in Afghanistan in 2010.

Operation Tyler is the fundraiser to build a "smart house" for Huffman. According to Chris Kuban of the "Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers" Foundation, the home in Jefferson City will provide Huffman with handicap-accessible amenities like special doors and appliances.

A benefit concert will be held at Apple Creek Farm south of Jefferson City on July 27th. However, ticket sales are slow.  Only 1,000 tickets out of 4,000 have been sold.

Gary Sinise -- who plays the main character is CSI: New York on CBS -- will host the concert and play bass with the Lieutenant Dan Band. 

"I think it might be the hot weather. But we want to make sure people know we have cooling stations and refreshments to keep people cool," said Kuban.

Huffman cannot easily get around in his current home. In fact, doctors said he would wear out his shoulders if he continues to roll on the carpet in his current home.

Community donors have raised $50,000 out of the $400,000 needed to build the special home. Many businesses have donated supplies such as bricks and plumbing supplies.

Retired Jefferson City High School Coach Pete Adkins describes Huffman as a true fighter.

"If he could go back to fight after this accident, he would do it in a heart beat," said Adkins. Adkins also believes that as someone who has dedicated his life to America, he deserves this house.

Tickets cost $30 dollars and are available at any Central Bank location. You can also buy tickets online here.