Cpl Kevin Hanrahan
Black River Falls, Wisconsin
While on foot patrol as an Infantryman with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Corporal Kevin Hanrahan stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) on June 24, 2011. The blast resulted in the loss of his left leg and the entire back of his right thigh. He also sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Cpl Hanrahan spent three years post-injury at Walter Reed Medical Center undergoing more than 50 surgeries to save his right leg.
Though Kevin wears a prosthetic, the device makes his leg sore and painful. He currently lives in a tri-level home with his wife Whitney and their two children, which makes walking up and down the stairs painful. He says a home with open doorways and wide floor plan will allow him to spend more time in his wheelchair around the home, relieving much of his discomfort. The roll in shower will also make a huge difference in his daily living. Right now, he depends on Whitney to get him in and out of the shower.
Originally from Illinois, Kevin is choosing to live in Wisconsin to be close to family. With a mortgage-free home, Kevin will be able to focus on his goals. He completed an entrepreneurship program through Syracuse and is pursuing gunsmithing. He will also have more time to pursue his hobbies and interests like hunting and golf.
Kevin and Whitney are grateful to all HFOT supporters for contributing to their new home. “A specially adapted home is one of the most important things a wounded warrior needs to help them be more independent in their lives,” he says. “Having to depend on your family members for everything is hard on everyone. The fact that people care so much means the world to us.”