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 in 2005. 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.
- The Daily News, June 9, 2021 Home For Our Troops has helped a local veteran obtain the house he needs, which was celebrated with a groundbreaking event in February where the organization is specifically modifying a home for Sgt. Hancock and his family in Jacksonville. Read more.
- Breitbart News, Feb. 9, 2021 A U.S. Marine Corps. veteran broke ground on his custom home Saturday, which will be completed by this summer thanks to the nonprofit Homes For Our Troops. Read more.
- WNCT 9, Feb 12, 2021 A Jacksonville Veteran is receiving a new home free of cost after being injured while he was deployed. Read more.
- The Daily News, Feb. 9, 2021 Sergeant Christopher Hancock knew he was destined to live the same type of lifestyle his mother and father had lived before him. Read more.
- News Channel 12, Sept. 3, 2018 A car show Monday was used to help raise money to help a group build a home for a wounded warrior. Proceeds go to build a specially-adapted home for a local Marine Corps Veteran, Christopher Hancock, who lost both of his legs while deployed overseas. Read more.