Rebuilding Lives

When Veterans receive a new mortgage-free specially adapted home from HFOT, they are now free to focus on their recovery and returning to their life’s work of serving others.

Many embrace their roles as motivational speakers sharing their stories of perseverance with classrooms and civic groups all over the country. Others go on to become family men, students, or take up careers as engineers, law enforcement agents, prosthetic technicians, nonprofit executives, business owners, artists, or VA staff members. HFOT even has a few US Paralympians in its Veteran family.  Read below to learn about the many ways that HFOT is Building Homes and Rebuilding Lives.

March 2014

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HFOT home recipient Justin Gaertner received government training to be a computer forensics agent, which allowed him to become a Human Exploitation Rescue Operative (HERO). Learn more as Justin talks about his job protecting children from sexual predators.  

Watch HFOT Veteran Gabriel Martinez inspire victims of the Boston Marathon-and an entire nation-with his words and resiliency.  HFOT awarded Gabe his new specially adapted home on March 9, 2014.

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Read how HFOT future home recipient Josh Sweeney and HFOT Veteran Paul Schaus take a sweet 1-0 victory over Russia for the gold medal at the Paralypmic Games in Sochi! 



Read about how Tony Mullis and Mike Boucher refuse to let their injuries prevent them from enjoying the great outdoors, and how they’re teaching other injured Veterans to do the same through their nonprofit Amputee Outdoors. 




  • Read how HFOT Veteran Marco Robledo found the perfect opportunity to help others adapt to life as an amputee-working as an orthotics and prosthetics clinic intern. 
  • Three HFOT Veterans to compete in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games- A few of our veterans are representing the United States in Sochi during the Paralympics! Read more.
  • HFOT's Gabriel Martinez Visits, Inspires Victims of Boston Marathon Tragedy-  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.  Read more.
  • HFOT Veterans Prove Victorious at 2013 Warrior Games- When describing the injuries of many post-9/11 war veterans, a host of labels are often used: Severe. Debilitating. Devastating. Life-altering. Catastrophic. And as onlookers, it’s easy to assume that a life navigated by wheelchairs and prosthetics, is nothing short of challenging.  Read more.
  • Getting to the Art of the Matter- In 2003, Army Sergeant Peter Damon lost his left wrist and his right arm above the elbow in an accident while performing maintenance on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in Iraq. In the months following his recovery, Damon, originally right-handed, eventually taught himself to paint using his left prosthesis with some incredible results.  Read more.


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