We are excited to announce our Groundbreaking Ceremony 
for Cpl David Noblit on Saturday July 20, 2013 at 10:00 am!
 
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What is it: An introductory event to help kick off and celebrate the start of Cpl David Noblit home in Elysburg,PA ! Join us as Homes for Our Troops pairs with the Elysburg community to break ground for this home.This is a chance to learn how you, your family, you company and friends can support this 
project throughout construction!

Date: 
Saturday, July 20, 2013

Time: 
10:00 a.m.

Address: 27 Heartland Blvd
 Elysburg, PA 17824
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What you can do to help:
-Volunteer for this event
-Sing the National Anthem
-Provide the Color Guard
-Hero's Lunch Sponsor
Help support our Fundraisers being held directly afterwards
-Provide a food or beverage donation for our Fundraiser BBQ
-Bake and donate baked goods for our Bake sale
-Donate items for our raffle
-Host a Fundraiser

- See more at: https://www.hfotusa.org/noblit#sthash.LlXrL1TU.dpuf

HFOT’S GABRIEL MARTINEZ VISITS, INSPIRES VICTIMS OF BOSTON MARATHON TRAGEDY

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Few were able to comprehend the savagery and violence committed on April 15, 2013 when two terrorists each detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) near throngs of spectators at the Boston Marathon finish line. In the hours following the blast, the nation would hear of unimaginable loss, including three deaths and nearly 300 others, many with catastrophic injuries including loss of limbs, burns and traumatic brain injury from the lethal shrapnel. 

While the nation was shaken into helplessness and shock by the warzone-like images of blood and destruction on Boston’s iconic Boylston Street, former Marine Sergeant Gabriel Martinez was jolted into duty. For Martinez, who lost both of his legs after stepping on an IED in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving Day, 2010, the loss was a little too close to home. 

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I saw it on TV and I was torn watching the live coverage as it unfolded,” says Martinez. At the time, his wife Kayla reminded him of how visits from other amputees had helped during his recovery; surely, Martinez reflected, he could do the same for these victims. That prompted him to contact Semper Fi, a nonprofit that provides financial support to injured members of the military. Within days, the organization had arranged to fly Martinez and a team of injured veterans-on two occasions- to visit the victims recovering in Boston. 

As he and the team set out to the area hospitals including Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women, Beth Israel, Massachusetts General (MGH) and both old and new facilities of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (SRHA), Martinez found most patients were doing surprisingly well, alert and out of their beds. Recalls Martinez of his own recovery at Walter Reed, “We wounded vets weren’t up that quick.” Room by room, Martinez candidly answered patients’ questions about residual limb pain and its duration, and expected recovery time. Sure, a doctor might have already told them those answers, but getting the word from a double amputee felt more, well, credible. 

For most if not all patients, prosthetics were a novelty. “Everyone wanted to see my legs-the hardware,” jokes Martinez.

Martinez and his team checked in on Jeff Bauman, whose photograph was taken just moments after the traumatic amputation of both of his legs. If there is one image that will be forever etched in the legacy of the 2013 Boston Marathon, it will likely be the gripping-and graphic image of Jeff being wheeled away from the blast site by the cowboy hat-wearing hero, Carlos Arredondo. Another poignant encounter Martinez had was meeting Sydney Corcoran and her mom, Celeste, who lost both legs in the blast. The hospital room visit, captured on video by one of the veterans traveling with Martinez, had multiple airings on national TV and appeared on countless websites.

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I knew she was feeling helpless and dependent,” says Martinez about seeing Celeste in her hospital bed. “When she saw that I had the exact same amputations, she knew I could relate to her on a whole different level.” Fighting back tears through much of the conversation, Celeste asked Martinez if losing her legs would render her dependent versus independent. The answer to that question of course was already staring her in the face. Standing on prosthetics. And how can you not be moved, inspired, or otherwise flabbergasted when you’re visited by a guy with no legs, who’s a Paralympics athlete studying to become a prosthetist, who hand-cycles, marathons and triathlons his way through life? 


Within minutes of their recorded chat, it’s Celeste who’s preaching the positives of being legless, sharing some amputee humor about running: “Hey I don’t have shins anymore. I’m not gonna be having shin splints. I can do this!”  Martinez says he and Celeste talk regularly and that he spoke to her by phone recently about her progress. “I told her it’s normal to be so anxious, but don’t be too eager. I was telling her the first time up on prosthetics you’ll feel that first step toward independence.” He also shared his mantra for living every day-a message he both carries to all and proudly wears via tattoo: Tough times don’t last. Tough Marines do. Lastly, says Martinez, “Take it one step at a time-literally and figuratively. Just know independence is within reach.” The swift action and courage of Boston’s first responders and doctors at the 2013 Boston Marathon undoubtedly saved the lives of many victims. And with the encouragement and motivation from veterans like Gabriel Martinez, their journey of healing as able-bodied amputees begins. 

UPDATE::Gabriel Martinez is scheduled to receive his specially adapted home from Homes for Our Troops on March 8, 2014.

Learn more about Sergeant Gabriel Martinez, click here.

 

 

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We are excited to announce our Groundbreaking Ceremony 
for Cpl David Noblit on Saturday July 20, 2013 at 10:00 am!
 
Please RSVP!

What is it: An introductory event to help kick off and celebrate the start of Cpl David Noblit home in Elysburg,PA ! Join us as Homes for Our Troops pairs with the Elysburg community to break ground for this home.This is a chance to learn how you, your family, you company and friends can support this 
project throughout construction!

Date: 
Saturday, July 20, 2013

Time: 
10:00 a.m.

Address: 27 Heartland Blvd
 Elysburg, PA 17824
******************************************************************************************************

What you can do to help:
-Volunteer for this event
-Sing the National Anthem
-Provide the Color Guard
-Hero's Lunch Sponsor
Help support our Fundraisers being held directly afterwards
-Provide a food or beverage donation for our Fundraiser BBQ
-Bake and donate baked goods for our Bake sale
-Donate items for our raffle
-Host a Fundraiser

**********************************************************************************************

Please RSVP 
or contact, Leigh Parker, Community Outreach Coordinator at lparker@hfotusa.org

- See more at: https://www.hfotusa.org/pagedesign.aspx?edit=4&pid=568&DeliveryChannelID=23b56292-0f3c-43ac-af13-7767ad9d4057&pdem=0&IsFAFPageDesigner=False#sthash.ZplecasD.dpuf
 

We are excited to announce our Groundbreaking Ceremony 
for Cpl David Noblit on Saturday July 20, 2013 at 10:00 am!
 
Please RSVP!

What is it: An introductory event to help kick off and celebrate the start of Cpl David Noblit home in Elysburg,PA ! Join us as Homes for Our Troops pairs with the Elysburg community to break ground for this home.This is a chance to learn how you, your family, you company and friends can support this 
project throughout construction!

Date: 
Saturday, July 20, 2013

Time: 
10:00 a.m.

Address: 27 Heartland Blvd
 Elysburg, PA 17824
******************************************************************************************************

What you can do to help:
-Volunteer for this event
-Sing the National Anthem
-Provide the Color Guard
-Hero's Lunch Sponsor
Help support our Fundraisers being held directly afterwards
-Provide a food or beverage donation for our Fundraiser BBQ
-Bake and donate baked goods for our Bake sale
-Donate items for our raffle
-Host a Fundraiser

**********************************************************************************************

Please RSVP 
or contact, Leigh Parker, Community Outreach Coordinator at lparker@hfotusa.org

- See more at: https://www.hfotusa.org/pagedesign.aspx?edit=4&pid=568&DeliveryChannelID=23b56292-0f3c-43ac-af13-7767ad9d4057&pdem=0&IsFAFPageDesigner=False#sthash.ZplecasD.dpuf
 

We are excited to announce our Groundbreaking Ceremony 
for Cpl David Noblit on Saturday July 20, 2013 at 10:00 am!
 
Please RSVP!

What is it: An introductory event to help kick off and celebrate the start of Cpl David Noblit home in Elysburg,PA ! Join us as Homes for Our Troops pairs with the Elysburg community to break ground for this home.This is a chance to learn how you, your family, you company and friends can support this 
project throughout construction!

Date: 
Saturday, July 20, 2013

Time: 
10:00 a.m.

Address: 27 Heartland Blvd
 Elysburg, PA 17824

What you can do to help:
-Volunteer for this event
-Sing the National Anthem
-Provide the Color Guard
-Hero's Lunch Sponsor
Help support our Fundraisers being held directly afterwards
-Provide a food or beverage donation for our Fundraiser BBQ
-Bake and donate baked goods for our Bake sale
-Donate items for our raffle
-Host a Fundraiser

Please RSVP 
or contact, Leigh Parker, Community Outreach Coordinator at lparker@hfotusa.org

- See more at: https://www.hfotusa.org/pagedesign.aspx?edit=4&pid=568&DeliveryChannelID=23b56292-0f3c-43ac-af13-7767ad9d4057&pdem=0&IsFAFPageDesigner=False#sthash.ZplecasD.dpuf
 
 

 

 

 

 

We are excited to announce our Groundbreaking Ceremony 
for Cpl David Noblit on Saturday July 20, 2013 at 10:00 am!
 
Please RSVP!

What is it: An introductory event to help kick off and celebrate the start of Cpl David Noblit home in Elysburg,PA ! Join us as Homes for Our Troops pairs with the Elysburg community to break ground for this home.This is a chance to learn how you, your family, you company and friends can support this 
project throughout construction!

Date: 
Saturday, July 20, 2013

Time: 
10:00 a.m.

Address: 27 Heartland Blvd
 Elysburg, PA 17824
******************************************************************************************************

What you can do to help:
-Volunteer for this event
-Sing the National Anthem
-Provide the Color Guard
-Hero's Lunch Sponsor
Help support our Fundraisers being held directly afterwards
-Provide a food or beverage donation for our Fundraiser BBQ
-Bake and donate baked goods for our Bake sale
-Donate items for our raffle
-Host a Fundraiser

- See more at: https://www.hfotusa.org/noblit#sthash.LlXrL1TU.dpuf

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