CWO3 David Field
Inspired by his father who served in the Navy, David Field enlisted in the military after high school in the late 1980s. He felt the Marines would be a good fit because it would give him direction and lead to more opportunities. David loved the camaraderie of serving and forming lifelong friendships so much he decided to make it a career.
Marine Chief Warrant Officer 3 David Field first experienced combat as a mechanic with the 8th Transportation Battalion during Desert Storm in 1991. He returned to the Middle East in 2003 during the initial invasion of Iraq with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 (HMLA-267), and again in 2009 to Afghanistan with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 (HMLA-367).
After serving with the Marines for 22 years, David retired in 2013. Two years later, he started experiencing mobility issues. In 2017, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The VA determined that David’s disease is service connected.
Before his diagnosis, David was an avid runner and cyclist who completed almost 20 marathons and several triathlons. As his symptoms progressed, when he could not run or ride, he enjoyed competing in almost every sport available in a wheelchair. He now enjoys listening to music, reading, and spending time with other Veterans.
Over the past two years, David has become more reliant on his wheelchair, and he is currently in residence at a rehabilitation facility in San Diego. Receiving a specially adapted custom Homes For Our Troops home will provide David with the space necessary to have full time medical care, making it possible for him to live on his own. The freedom and independence he will regain in his new home will empower David to venture outside the home more, something he cannot easily do in his current situation.
Originally from Northern California, David is choosing to build his home in the Sacramento area to be close to family and friends, especially his sister, Terri, who is his primary caregiver.
David said when he found out he was accepted into the HFOT Family he was at a loss for words. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am grateful there are organizations and supporters focused on improving the lives of Veterans.”