Sgt Joshua Sweeney

Hillsboro, OR

Mission Accomplished on November 11, 2014

 
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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. He continued his treatments in San Antonio, enduring dozens of surgeries as he recovered. 


During that time, Josh was also introduced to the local sled hockey team club, The Rampage, and started practicing with them. He now plays sled hockey on the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, which played against Russia in the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi. Josh scored the game-winning goal in the gold-medal final.

Josh and his wife Amber were presented with their new specially adapted home in November 2014. He is grateful to HFOT and all supporters who helped make his home possible. "Receiving a gift of this magnitude is something I could never have asked for or even imagined," he says. "Knowing that my family will always have a place to lay their heads and a place to call home is incredible."

Josh enjoys working-out at the gym and playing recreational wheelchair basketball. He and 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 local sled hockey program.

Milestone:

  • Key Ceremony- November 11, 2014

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