We can't ever do enough for our troops- period. Whether American soldier, sailor, airman or Marine, the young men and women serving, fighting- and sometimes dying- for us is the best and bravest the world has ever seen. Repeated, the folks our president sends into harm's way every day are the best to ever trod Earth's soil.
Seldom is the time, though, when these young men and women return home unchanged by their travels. Some bear mental scars that don't form scabs and never show clear indications of healing, while some bear outward signs of their service that are much more recognizable. All are equal, though- and all American heroes tougher than Muhammed Ali ever was or Brock Lesnar ever hopes to be. It's our duty to help the wounded as they return from foreign lands to lives and conditions once foreign to them. Homes For Our Troops does a great job of helping us help them- and a local Orlando hero has just received his home through the program.
SPC Luis Puertas
br>Army SPC Luis Puertas was left a double amputee after an EFP explosion in Baghdad, Iraq, on September 20, 2006. SPC Puertas was the driver of the lead HUMVEE on a daily patrol near Sadar City when an unseen EFP, planted at the base of a light pole launched into the vehicle, amputating both of his legs on impact, leaving him trapped beneath the 400 pound up-armored door of the HUMVEE.
Miraculously, his team was able to extricate him from the wreckage, and prepare him for medevac from the scene. Airlifted to a local hospital and then to Landstuhl, Germany before finally arriving at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, SPC Puertas spent 14 months enduring surgeries and rehabilitation.
SPC Puertas is enrolled in college, working on an associate’s degree that he hopes to eventually use in the field of prosthetics. He is looking forward to living in an accessible home where he can use his wheelchair in all areas, including the bathroom. He would like to thank those who give of themselves to assist the wounded troops returning from the war, he knows first-hand the difference it can make in their lives.
Robert's Island Rd.
Orlando, FL 32832
Learn About Homes for Our Troops
Homes for Our Troops is a national non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2004. They are strongly committed to helping those who have selflessly given to our country and have returned home with serious disabilities and injuries since September 11, 2001. It is our duty and our honor to assist severely injured Servicemen and Servicewomen and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials and professional labor and to coordinate the process of building a home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently.
The homes provided by Homes for Our Troops are given at NO COST to the Veterans.
Note: An eligible Veteran or service member may receive a Veterans Administration Specially Adapted Housing Grant up to a maximum amount of $63,780. Homes for Our Troops’ assistance covers all costs over and above this grant to ensure that the home is provided at no cost to the recipient.
Localism Challenge, Day #27: Homes For Our Troops