Marine Sergeant Joshua Elliott

Loon Lake, WA

Motivated to serve his country after the 9/11 attacks, Joshua Elliott enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2002.

On April 18, 2011, during his second deployment, Sergeant Elliott was serving as a combat engineer with the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion attached to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines in Sangin District, Afghanistan, when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). He sustained severe injuries, resulting in the amputation of his legs above the knee and injuries to his left arm.

Josh received life-saving treatment at the scene and during the medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) flight. Stateside, he received treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center.

A retired professional para-alpine skier, Josh is the founder and director of Angel Peak Adaptive Sports. He and his wife, Samantha, are actively involved in growing the adaptive sports community in their area for both alpine and water skiing. Although they are settled in the Eastern Washington area where they intend to remain, the unlevel terrain surrounding their current house poses daily challenges when Josh enters or exits the home. The bathroom in the non-adapted house is a safety hazard, and the kitchen is small and difficult to navigate.

A specially adapted custom HFOT home with roll-under counters and pull-down shelving will give Josh the ability to cook and host in his home. “An HFOT home would allow me to invite athletes to my home for fittings, safety briefs, and relaxation before and after events,” he says. “This access would be beneficial to every injured person we’ve worked with so far.”

Originally from Washington State, Josh and his wife, Samantha, are choosing to remain in their home state.

Josh would like to thank HFOT donors and supporters for allowing him to live his best life. “I promise to use this home to bring good into the world and show appreciation for the gifts that others have given.”

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