Springhill, LA

Mission Accomplished on Nov. 14, 2006

Army Specialist Russell Kyle Burleson of the 1st Cavalry Division was critically wounded in a firefight, Sadr City, Iraq, Aug. 18, 2004, while serving as a top gunner on a HMMWV.

While serving in Iraq, Kyle 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.  Kyle had to spend his days confined to one of the tiny rooms in the very old home. This room was not designed for the 14 electrical outlets it takes to keep him alive. The house made it nearly impossible for him to move through. 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 home that allows him to be with his family without restrictions on his mobility.