SPC KYLE BURLESON

Springhill, LA

Mission Accomplished on Nov. 14, 2006

On Aug. 18, 2004, Army Specialist Russell Kyle Burleson of the 1st Cavalry Division was severely injured in a firefight in Sadr City, Iraq, while serving as a top gunner on an HMMWV. SPC Burleson was shot in his left cheek by a sniper and the bullet exited the back of his neck, causing him to become paralyzed from the neck down.

He remained in Baghdad for a few days after his injury, then he was air-evacuated to the Army Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. After a period of time in Germany, he was transported to Washington, D.C., and admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center for numerous operations.

Kyle previously lived in a small 900 square foot home in northern Louisiana. He had to spend his days limited to one room in the old home. This made it difficult for him to spend time with his two children. Because of efforts from Homes For Our Troops donors and sponsors, Kyle received a specially adapted custom home that enables him to be with his family without restrictions on his mobility.