Hillsdale, NJ

Mission Accomplished on Nov. 10, 2009

On April 21, 2004, while serving in Iraq, Corporal Visnu Gonzalez was shot by a sniper, severing his spinal cord in the C-6, C-7 level. He was also shot in his left subclavian artery that caused severe bleeding and near death. Despite surgery to stabilize his vertebra, today, Cpl Gonzalez remains paralyzed from the upper chest down.

Homes For Our Troops built Cpl Gonzalez a LEED Platinum house that is specially adapted to his needs. We are proud to say this is the first home in the nation to achieve the EPA’s Energy Star Climate Choice Tier 3 certification in addition to receiving 95 points under LEED for Homes.

Visnu’s mother and caregiver, Maria Baez-Dominguez, says her family is forever grateful to their Homes For Our Troops home. “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We salute all the Veterans and organizations such as yours for helping our wounded Veterans live a respectful and better life, despite their difficulties,” she says.