Cpl Robert Thrailkill, Jr.

Belding, MI


On October 26, 2010, while on foot patrol in Afghanistan investigating a suspicious dirt mound near a secured building, Marine Corporal Robert Thrailkill Jr. suffered the traumatic amputations of both legs above the knee and extensive damage to his right hand when he stepped on a pressure-plated improvised explosive device (IED). He was 19 at the time of his injury and just one month into his first deployment.


Thrown on his back, Cpl Thrailkill recalls hearing static and a ringing in his ears, and seeing complete blackness. He became aware of the severity of his situation seconds later when he realized he could not move his legs. Cpl Thrailkill was then airlifted to a local hospital and stabilized.

Currently Bobby lives at home with his mom. He enjoys going to the movies, learning new things, and spending as much time possible with his three-year-old son Zekiah. His future plans include attending college and working outside the home. But for now the young dad says he would like to focus his time and attention on Zekiah and being with his family. 


project updates

Location:  TBD

Groudbreaking Ceremony, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 at 11 a.m.

Homes for our Troops is excited to announce that we are breaking ground in Belding, Michigan for SGT Cpl Roberth Thrailkill's new home. This home is provided mortgage-free to the Veteran and we need your help to make it happen!

  • About the Groundbreaking:  This is the first official ceremony to help kick off and celebrate the start of Cpl Thrailkill's new home. Join us as Homes for Our Troops pairs with the Belding community to kick off the build process. This is a chance to learn how you, your family, you company and friends can support this project throughout construction!  PleaseRSVP.
  • 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

Learn more about fundraising opportunities!  For more information contact Community Outreach Coordinator Katelyn Donovan at: kdonovan@hfotusa.org


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