MSgt Christopher Aguilera
Christopher Aguilera’s plans to go to college on a football scholarship fell through when he injured his knee. Having always loved planes, he decided to join the Air Force instead. He enlisted in the mid-90s as a special mission aviator deploying to Korea, Singapore, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
On June 9, 2010, during his third combat deployment, Master Sergeant Aguilera was on a mission with the 66th Rescue Squadron to pick up several wounded British Soldiers when his helicopter was shot down in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Even though he was pinned down by the aircraft’s transmission, MSgt Aguilera was able to hold off the enemy until medics arrived. MSgt Aguilera and HFOT home recipient Anthony Simone were the only survivors of the crash.
Once back in the United States, Christopher spent five months at Brooke Army Medical Center, undergoing over 20 surgeries for skin grafts, internal organ repair, the partial amputation of his right foot, and left leg limb salvage. After an additional six months of rehabilitation at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, Christopher passed his PT test, regained his flying status, and re-deployed to establish the first combat rescue squadron in Djibouti, Africa. During that tour, Christopher sustained a severe infection to the remainder of his lower left leg, which forced him to have doctors amputate it. In January 2015, Christopher retired, after 22 years of service.
Shortly after he retired, Christopher met his wife Jenn and they are now happily raising their young son Liam. Christopher loves being a husband and father, but his injuries prevent him from being the provider and protector he desires. The family currently lives in a two-story home with a steep driveway, which makes using a wheelchair nearly impossible. The pain he experiences from wearing a prosthetic all day limits the time he can spend with Jenn and Liam. It is frustrating for Christopher to watch Jenn take on most of the parental duties, since he cannot tend to Liam when his prosthetic is off. Receiving a specially adapted custom Homes For Our Troops home will allow Christopher to care for Liam barrier-free, and take on more daily activities, like cooking dinner. Jenn often worries about Christopher’s safety and looks forward to not seeing her husband in pain all the time.
The independence Christopher will regain, combined with the financial stability of receiving a donated home, will be beneficial for their family’s future. They will be able to expand their family and put their children through college. Christopher looks forward to Jenn, a Navy Veteran, being able to pursue a career either in nursing or law enforcement.
Originally from Texas, Christopher is choosing to build his home in Nevada, where he currently lives, to be close to family and healthcare.
Christopher is extremely grateful to HFOT’s donors and supporters for contributing to the building of his forever home. “Your donations, no matter what the amount, will help me return to a normal life and to be a better father and husband. The freedom I will gain will be immense,” he says.