Sgt Christopher Hancock
After watching both his parents serve in the Army, Christopher Hancock felt destined to lead the same lifestyle. Motivated by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Christopher enlisted in the Marines as a combat engineer not long after high school. He loved experiencing foreign cultures while traveling to different countries including Japan, China, and the U.S. territory of Guam. He first deployed to Afghanistan in 2009.
On June 26, 2011, during his second deployment, Marine Sergeant Hancock was on a patrol with the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion in Sangin Valley, Afghanistan, when he knelt down on an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast resulted in the loss of both his legs.
Christopher spent several months at Walter Reed Medical Center where he underwent 50 surgeries and blood transfusions.
Now medically retired, Christopher says his son, Matthew, is his motivation and strength for everything he does. Receiving a specially adapted custom Homes For Our Troops home with an open floorplan will give Christopher extra space to do activities with his son, like painting and drawing. Christopher says he cannot fully relax in his current home because there is not enough space for his wheelchair. Additionally, preparing meals for his son will be easier in a kitchen with lower countertops and accessible appliances.
Christopher says the “possibilities are endless” once he regains his freedom and independence in an HFOT home. He is hoping to return to school.
Originally from Tennessee, Christopher is choosing to build his home in North Carolina for the support network he has built in the area.
He is grateful to HFOT’s donors and supporters who will contribute to the building of his home. “This home will allow me to reach a level where I can finally find peace,” he says.