Army SPC Thomas S. Akin

humble, TX

With college not in his foreseeable future, Thomas Akin joined the military.

On May 8, 2012, Army Specialist Akin was serving in Afghanistan with the 787th EOD Battalion as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist when his vehicle drove over an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast shattered his right foot and ankle, broke his left femur and tailbone, and inflicted a traumatic brain injury (TBI). In 2013, Thomas had surgery to amputate his right foot and ankle. A year and a half later at the Madigan Army Medical Center, Thomas had his left foot and ankle amputated.

Now medically retired, Thomas enjoys spending time with his wife Jessica and his children Xavier, Alexander, Amelia, and Samson. He also enjoys playing video games, woodworking, and pursuing projects with his 3D printer.

Though Thomas has made significant progress in his recovery, the challenges of a non-adapted home have affected his daily living, and prevent him from having an active role with his family. In his current home, Thomas cannot wear his prosthetic for long periods of time, causing him to be limited to one room.

A new specially adapted custom home will enable Thomas to regain some of his freedom and independence. He is looking forward to using his wheelchair in the single-level, open floorplan that a specially adapted custom home provides.

Originally from Penn Valley, California, Thomas is choosing to build his HFOT home in Texas because he loves the state and wants to be close to friends.

Thomas would like to thank the HFOT donors and supporters for this opportunity. “I do not have enough words to express our gratitude. The possibility of a house that is ours and set up so well means everything to my family.”