Army Corporal Paul Hedge


In 2010, Paul Hedge enlisted in the Army, inspired to serve his country after the 9/11 attacks and drawn to the discipline and camaraderie of the armed forces.

On June 1, 2012, during his first combat deployment, Corporal Hedge was serving as an airborne infantryman with the 1-501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 25th Infantry Division in Afghanistan when he was shot multiple times during a complex insurgent attack on Forward Operating Base Salerno. He suffered gunshot wounds to both legs and shrapnel wounds to his upper and lower body, tinnitus, and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Paul was medically evacuated to Bagram Air Base and subsequently transported to Landstuhl, Germany for additional surgeries. Stateside, he returned to Walter Reed Medical Center before moving to Brooke Army Medical Center for the remainder of his treatment.

Medically retired, Paul attended college for music theory and composition and enjoys playing guitar and various other instruments. A fitness enthusiast, he leads an active lifestyle with Hannah, his significant other, yet his non-adapted condominium is difficult to navigate because of multiple stairways and an interior cramped layout.

A specially adapted custom HFOT home will alleviate stress for Paul and allow him to focus on his future. “It would be a tremendous relief to feel like I have a home,” he says. “For over a decade, I’ve been putting everything off until I have a place where I’m not hindered by my injuries.”

Originally from Wisconsin, Paul is choosing to build his home in New Hampshire for the location and lifestyle.

Paul would like HFOT donors and supporters to know their generosity is life-changing. “Thank you so much for caring about injured Veterans,” he says. “A lot of us are struggling and not asking for help. It’s truly heartwarming and reassuring to know that people want to help provide us with what we need.”

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