SSG Conrad Calderon
Coming from a multi-generational military family, Conrad Calderon continued the legacy when he enlisted in the Army.
On Nov. 9, 2007, during his second combat deployment, Staff Sergeant Calderon, a Cavalry Scout, was on the way to a field support mission with the 1/23rd Cavalry, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, when the vehicle carrying him drove over a double-stacked, anti-tank mine in Kir Kush, Iraq. SSG Calderon lost his right leg below the knee and sustained severe damage to his left limb in the blast.
Medically retired, Conrad enjoys spending time with his wife, Keynisha, and their six children. His current home is not accessible, making it difficult to access most rooms, especially the bathroom, where he is forced to crawl into the shower. There are also carpets in the home, which make it difficult to maneuver his wheelchair.
Conrad believes receiving a specially adapted custom home from Homes For Our Troops will set him and his family up for success and put their minds at ease. As he ages, Conrad is relieved to know he will have a safe and comfortable place to live, where he will not have to worry about further risk of injury and can focus on his future. He would like to be a professor and looks forward to doing more of what he loves, including traveling.
Originally from California, Conrad is choosing to build his home in Texas where he and his family live and have grown to love over the past 15 years.
Conrad says he is more thankful to HFOT donors and supporters than words can express. “Homes For Our Troops is a big relief. Thank you for changing our lives.”