Sgt Joshua Sweeney

Hillsboro, OR

 
 
 

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Marine Sergeant Josh Sweeney was on his second deployment when he lost both of his legs and suffered severe arm injuries after a bomb exploded beneath him in NowZad, Afghanistan on October 28, 2009. Lifesaving measures were administered to Sgt Sweeney as he waited for two hours for his medical transport to carry him from the blast site. His left leg traumatically amputated and his right leg shredded from the explosion.

Sgt Sweeney had no idea that his delayed evacuation was due to the fact that the two MEDEVAC vehicles sent to rescue him had both hit IED’s en-route. Once loaded on his transport vehicle, with mortar rounds landing nearby, he was placed in a medically induced coma and did not learn until later that this convoy of vehicles suffered another IED blast on the way to the flight line where he was airlifted to Camp Leatherneck.

Airlifted first to Landstuhl, Germany, Sgt Sweeney was later transferred to Bethesda National Naval Medical Center in Maryland in November 2009 and finally to Brooke Army Medical Hospital in San Antonio, in February 2011. Having endured more than a dozen surgeries, Josh continues his treatments in San Antonio on an out-patient basis at this time.

Sgt Sweeney plays sled hockey on the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. He enjoys working-out at the gym and playing recreational wheelchair basketball. He and his wife, Amber hope to have children in the future and are looking forward to raising their family in Oregon. With plans to enroll in college and pursue a degree in Engineering, Josh would also like to start a sled hockey program in Oregon.

When asked what living in a specially adapted home would mean to him Sgt Sweeney shared the following; “Living in a regular apartment presents many challenges that frustrate me on a daily basis. With a home, specially-adapted to meet my needs, I know my life will immediately become less stressful and I will feel more capable of doing the things I want to do in my own home. Receiving a gift of this magnitude is something I could never have asked for or even imagined. Receiving this house will lift a huge weight from me…knowing that my family will always have a place to lay their heads and a place to call home will be incredible. Thank you

Project Updates

 
 

Location: 8765 SW River Road, Hillsboro, OR

Volunteer Day, Saturday Oct. 25, 2014 at 9 a.m.

  • About Volunteer Day:  Please join us as we install the landscaping plan for the outside of this home! We begin at 9 a.m. and go until the work is done that day. Bring your work gloves and small garden tools and don’t forget sunscreen!  Please RSVP
  • Join our Hillsboro Fundraising Committee!!

 

Key Ceremony, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 at 2 p.m.

About the Key Ceremony An escort will bring Sgt Sweeney to the home site and we encourage all supporters to line the street to help welcome this veteran to his new home. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. and distinguished guests will address the audience. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Sgt Sweeney will be given the keys to his specially adapted home.  After the Ceremony guests are welcome to tour the home. Please RSVP.

What we need: Community Support Volunteers, Tents, Tables, Chairs, Podium & Sound System, Escort Coordinator, Fund Raising Heroes Lunch Sponsor, Bake Sale & Raffle Coordinator, Honor Guard, National Anthem Singer

For more information contact Community Outreach Coordinator Gina Colon at gcolon@hfotusa.org.

 

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