sgt richard “tony” doyle
Mission Accomplished on July 8, 2017
On Aug. 9, 2005, Army Sergeant Richard “Tony” Doyle was serving as an Infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry, in Baghdad, Iraq, when he was ejected from his vehicle. The incident resulted in the amputation of his left leg, herniated discs and a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Now medically retired, Tony and his family are active within his community. He is currently the 1st Vice President of his local Lions Club and will soon assume duties as the club’s president. He is also a 4-H Archery instructor at Living Rock Academy, one of the local schools in the area. He wants to do more, but says it is difficult to engage in other activities due to obstacles he faces in his current non-accessible home.
Tony says his specially adapted custom home enriches the lives of himself, his wife Melissa, and their children. The lower countertops and cabinets allows him to cook safely and he is able to access every room in the open floor plan.
With the financial burden of a mortgage lifted, Tony is now able to continue his education to receive his master’s degree in history and become a high school teacher.
Tony choose to build his home in Texas because he has always felt comfortable there and considers the area to be military friendly.
Tony says he is grateful to organizations like HFOT that keep the country’s warriors foremost in their hearts. “You provide so much more than just homes for Veterans, you provide new lives and aspirations for us. You give us focus again, a reason to push forward and a new lease on life,” he says. “For that, I can never say ‘Thank You’ enough.”