LCpl Kevin Honaker
Kevin Honaker joined the Marines shortly after high school, inspired by several family members who also served. He enlisted as an engineer with the 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, and went on his first deployment to Afghanistan in the summer of 2011.
On Sept. 13, 2011, LCpl Honaker was on patrol supporting the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, in Sangin, Afghanistan, when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast resulted in the loss of both his legs.
Once transferred back to the United States, Kevin underwent 12 surgeries during his one-year stay at Walter Reed Medical Center.
Now medically retired, Kevin has made an impressive recovery. Since being injured, he has obtained a degree in agricultural business from Tennessee Tech and he is now in electrician school. He runs his own company, which provides lighting for films. Despite the progress Kevin has made, he still experiences daily challenges. His current home is too small to fit his wheelchair, so he has to wear his prosthetics all day causing him much discomfort, especially after working long hours on movie sets. Additionally, he cannot adequately access the bathroom, making showering difficult. A specially adapted custom Homes For Our Troops home with wide hallways and doorways and a roll-in shower will mitigate these concerns for Kevin.
Once he regains his freedom and independence in an HFOT home, Kevin says he will have more time to dedicate toward his business. The home will also allow Kevin to focus on his other interests which are hunting, hiking, golfing, and working out.
Kevin says words could never express how thankful he is toward HFOT’s donors and sponsors who will contribute to the building of his home. “I will be forever grateful to everyone who helps me along the way,” he says.