SSG Michael “Adam” Emory
Michael “Adam” Emory enlisted in the Army at the age of 22 in 1998, wanting to give back to his country. 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 forward observer 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. One of the Soldiers threw SSG Emory on his back in a fireman’s carry down three flights of stairs. Another 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 recently took up jiu-jitsu. He would like to obtain a degree in theology and use it to support other injured Veterans.
Living in a specially adapted Homes For Our Troops home will make it easier for Adam to pursue his goals. In his current home, the step in his shower puts him at risk for falling, so a roll-in shower will alleviate this worry. Additionally, wider doorways and hallways along with accessible rooms will allow him to move more freely around the home.
With the financial burden of a monthly mortgage lifted, Adam will be 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 is choosing to build his home in Texas for the warm weather and to be close to the San Antonio VA.
Adam says it means a lot to know the American people care about his recovery, adding that he is grateful to those who will support 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.