Sgt Christopher Hancock
Mission Accomplished on July 10, 2021
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. His specially adapted custom Homes For Our Troops home with an open floorplan gives Christopher extra space to do activities with his son, like painting and drawing. Christopher says he could not fully relax in his previous home because there was not enough space for his wheelchair. Additionally, preparing meals for his son is now easier in a kitchen with lower countertops and accessible appliances.
Christopher says the “possibilities are endless” now that he’s regained his freedom and independence in an HFOT home. He is hoping to return to school.
Originally from Tennessee, Christopher chose 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 contributed to the building of his home. “This home enables me to reach a level where I can find peace,” he says.
- WCTI14, July 14, 2021 A Marine severely injured while serving his country in Afghanistan has a new, accessible home thanks to donations made through a national nonprofit. Read more.
- MSN.com, July 14, 2021 After watching both his parents serve in the Army, Christopher Hancock felt destined to lead the same lifestyle.
- 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.