SSG Michael “Adam” Emory
Mission Accomplished on Oct. 26, 2019
Michael “Adam” Emory enlisted in the Army at the age of 22 in 1998, wanting to give back to his country. He first deployed to Iraq as a mechanic with the 101st Airborne Division. He planned on making it a career, until he was severely injured during his second deployment to Iraq.
On April 28, 2007, SSG Emory, serving as a fire support specialist with 2/16 Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, was shot in the head by an enemy sniper during an operation on a rooftop in Baghdad, Iraq.
His comrades acted quickly to evacuate SSG Emory. Four Soldiers carried him down three flights of stairs, and one shielded SSG Emory with his own body from the enemy fire as they transported him to the vehicle.
SSG Emory’s gunshot wound resulted in a craniotomy (removal of a part of the skull to reduce swelling), and a traumatic brain injury (TBI) causing left side paralysis.
In the years since his injury, Adam has returned to doing the activities he loves – sky diving, working on cars, drag racing, going to the gym, traveling, and spending time with his family. He practices jiu-jitsu several times a week and coaches it on the weekends. He is currently studying public administration at San Antonio College with hopes to pursue a career supporting other Veterans.
Living in a specially adapted Homes For Our Troops home makes it easier for Adam to pursue his goals. In his previous home, the step in his shower put him at risk for falling, so a roll-in shower alleviates this worry. Additionally, wider doorways and hallways along with accessible rooms enable him to move more freely around the home.
With the financial burden of a monthly mortgage lifted, Adam is able to focus on helping his two sons and daughter achieve their hopes and dreams, thanks to the stability of their new forever home.
Originally from Georgia, Adam chose to build his home in Texas for the warm weather, proximity to the VA, and, most importantly, to help raise his daughter.
Adam says it means a lot to know the American people care about his recovery, adding that he is grateful to those who supported the building of his Homes For Our Troops home. “Nothing will ever take away my injuries or experiences, but knowing people want to make my life better, makes it all worth it,” he says.