LCpl Carlos Garcia
Marine Lance Corporal Carlos Garcia was on his first deployment when he was severely injured in an IED blast in Sangin, Afghanistan on November 20, 2010.
While on a foot patrol with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, LCpl Garcia was in a familiar area near a canal that was frequently used by his squad when he stepped on an unidentified IED. The resulting injuries were so severe that both of his legs required amputations above the knee.
Lifesaving measures by his Corpsman and one of his best friends prepared LCpl Garcia for medical transport by helicopter. Reciting the Our Father prayer aloud, LCpl Garcia was evacuated by helicopter and placed in a medically induced sleep. Waking in at the Bagram Hopsital, LCpl Garcia was prepared for transport to Landstuhl, Germany before arriving at Bethesda Naval Medical Center where he remained for 2 weeks enduring surgeries and rehabilitation before being transferred to Balboa Naval Medical Center in San Diego where he receives treatments and therapies at this time.
LCpl Garcia enjoys spending time with his wife, Jacki and their young daughter…time with his family is very important to him. A member of the Wolfpack wheelchair basketball team, Carlos enjoys playing competitively…being a part of the team’s success winning first place at a competition in February 2013 was a proud accomplishment. Carlos enjoys staying active and has handcycled in five marathons to date.
LCpl Garcia is grateful for the support of those who will help make his specially adapted home a reality. "Receiving this house…this HOME from Homes for Our Troops will take away a lot of the stress in my life. I will be more independent and feel more comfortable on a daily basis because all areas of my home will be accessible to me. My family and I will no longer have to worry about finding a place where we can live safely as a family. Thank you for all that you to do help our combat wounded.”
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