Army Sergeant Curtis Johnson

Castroville, TX

In 2005, Curtis Johnson enlisted in the Army to carry on his family’s legacy of military service.

On May 18, 2008, during his first combat deployment, Sergeant Johnson was serving as a combat engineer with the 571st Engineer Company, 14th Engineer Battalion, 555th Engineer Brigade, in Iraq, when his vehicle drove over an improvised explosive device (IED). He sustained severe injuries in the blast, resulting in the amputation of both legs below the knee and tinnitus.

Curtis was medically evacuated and received multiple surgeries before returning stateside to Brooke Army Medical Center for rehabilitation.

Now medically retired, Curtis and his wife, Allison, also an Army Veteran who was injured in Iraq, enjoy spending time with their two children, Andrew and Bradley. Set on a steep, unlevel terrain that is wheelchair inaccessible, their current house makes it difficult to spend time outdoors as a family. The slope of the driveway is challenging for Curtis when entering and exiting the home on his own.

A specially adapted custom home from Homes For Our Troops with a walkway around the entire house will give Curtis the freedom and independence to navigate inside and outside safely from his wheelchair. “One of the most beneficial features of the adapted home for my family will be the ease of access. To not have to struggle getting in and out of the house will be a welcome relief.”

Originally from Oklahoma, Curtis is choosing to build his home in Texas where he and Allison have lived for over a decade.

Curtis would like HFOT donors and supporters to know they are changing the lives of every member of his family. “HFOT donors and supporters are not just changing the lives of Veterans, but the families as well. They are helping build stronger communities by giving the children of injured Veterans a safe place to live, learn, and grow,” he says.

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