Sgt James Amos
Mount Hope, KS
Mission Accomplished on September 28, 2013!
Marine Sergeant James (Matt) Amos was three months into his third deployment when he lost both of his legs and broke his pelvis in an IED blast in Sangin, Afghanistan on June 9, 2011.
Late in the afternoon while on a security patrol with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Sgt Amos had his squad performing a “sweep” of an alley searching for anything suspicious when he stepped on an IED resulting in the traumatic amputations of his right leg above the knee, his left leg below the knee, and a broken pelvis. Lifesaving measures prepared James for the medical evacuation by helicopter. Treated at Camp Bastion, he was stabilized for transport to Landstuhl, Germany.
Sgt Amos arrived at Bethesda Naval Medical Center within days of his injuries and remained there for nearly a week before being transferred to Balboa Naval Medical Center where he has endured more than a dozen surgeries. James spent three and a half months in the hospital and continues receiving treatments and therapies as an outpatient at this time.
Sgt Amos enjoys hunting, camping, off-roading, and playing golf. James most enjoys spending time with his wife, Audrie and their two young daughters. Sgt Amos is a member of the NRA and the VFW; he is active in his church in Wichita and would like to further his education in the fish and wildlife field, eventually opening a business and giving back to society as a way of saying “thanks” for all that he has been given.
When asked what he would say to those who are helping make his specially adapted home a reality, Sgt Amos shared the following; “This home will provide me and my family with the stability we will need to transition from the military to a civilian life. Having counters and cabinets that are accessible from my wheelchair will allow me to assist my wife with household tasks and do the things I would like to do in my own home. The financial security of not having a mortgage will aid in my ability to pursue my dream of owning a business one day and freeing me up to be able to give back to my community. This support is incomprehensible to me what Homes for Our Troops is doing for me, and for others is amazing! Thank you!”