Cpl Jose Armenta

Bonita, CA

Jose Armenta was inspired to join the military by his grandfather, who served in the Army. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school as a military policeman working as a dog handler, planning to go into law enforcement after the military.  

On Aug. 28, 2011, while on his first deployment, Corporal Armenta lost both legs in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion while searching for IEDs with his bomb dog with the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion in Afghanistan.  

Cpl Armenta spent two months inpatient at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, where he underwent 12 surgeries. He then did physical therapy for two years learning how to walk on prosthetics.   

Medically retired, Jose is a graduate of San Diego State University. He and his wife Eliana enjoy painting, going to concerts, and spending time with their three children, Dean, Bella, and Jose II. The family especially loves to visit Legoland.  

Though Jose has made significant progress in his recovery, he often becomes frustrated when he experiences challenges within his home because it is not wheelchair accessible. “There have been many times when I could not move around my home freely, and it has inhibited my ability to care for my children and myself,” he says.  

Jose operates his own financial planning business.  The financial freedom of a donated HFOT home will relieve Jose and his family of the stress associated with the costs of running a business. Additionally, since Jose will be able to help with his children more, Eliana will have more time to dedicate to her future goals; she is currently in nursing school.  

Originally from Southern California, Jose is choosing to remain in the area and build his home there to be near healthcare and for the excellent school system. 

Jose is grateful to HFOT’s donors and supporters for providing injured Veterans with a specially adapted custom home where they can continue rebuilding their lives. “Leaving the military with a severe injury takes many things away from each warrior, and often the freedom to move around without barriers is lost,” he says. “Thank you for giving injured Veterans their freedom back.”