SGT Christopher Gomes
mission accomplished on dec. 10, 2016
On Oct. 29, 2008, Army Sergeant Christopher Gomes, a heavy equipment operator with the 54th Engineer Battalion, was convoying back to his base in southern Baghdad, Iraq, when his vehicle was struck with four explosively formed projectiles (EFPs). The blast resulted in the loss of his right leg and severe damage to the left.
Before arriving at Walter Reed Medical Center, SGT Gomes was treated in Baghdad Combat Support Hospital and Landstuhl, Germany. He endured ten surgeries as an inpatient at Walter Reed and, a month after his arrival, began outpatient therapy until June 2009. Since then, he has undergone several surgeries to repair extra bone growth.
Now medically retired, Christopher is happy to be living in his home state of Massachusetts with his wife, Leslie, who is also an Army Veteran, and their son Blake. Chris and Leslie met while serving together. He enjoys supporting his favorite sports teams – the New England Patriots, Boston Bruins and the Red Sox – and working on carpentry projects. He is also an advocate for fellow Veterans within his community. He would like to finish his degree in counter terrorism studies, and says his mortgage-free home will help him financially with that goal. The open floor plan also helps him in his daily life. In his previous home, he would often fall while trying to do laundry going up and down the stairs. He also had trouble getting to his son’s room on the second floor when he was not wearing his prosthetic.
Christopher is appreciative of those who supported the building of his Homes For Our Troops home. “Most adults dream of getting that dream house or sports car they always wanted, but those that are helped through this program dream of much simpler things that most people take for granted – walking, holding a child, living a life without needing assistance by others,” he says. “Those that donate and support this organization may not be able to replace limbs that have been lost, but you directly help wounded service members realize their dreams of being able to live a life with less fear, where they don’t have to be completely dependent of others.”