SPC Joseph “Tyler” Smith


Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Joseph “Tyler” Smith joined the military to serve his country. He enlisted in the Army to gain life experience.  

On May 28, 2012, during his first deployment, Specialist Smith, an IT specialist, was serving with 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division when he had an aneurysm while in Ghazni, Afghanistan. As a result, Tyler lost the use of his right leg, and experiences right-hand peripheral neuropathy as well as other symptoms affecting his emotions.   

Medically retired, Tyler lives in Veteran apartment housing that gives him a sense of community and is a great resource. Currently, where he lives, there are stairs throughout the complex that are an obstacle for Tyler. Receiving a specially adapted custom Homes For Our Troops home will enable him to live safely and mitigate his risk of falling.  

The independence and financial stability of receiving a donated home will give Tyler more time for the things he loves, including spending time outdoors, building computers, and playing video games. He looks forward to traveling and paying it forward by helping others.  

Originally from Georgia, Tyler is choosing to build his home in Florida.  

Tyler learned about Homes For Our Troops though HFOT’s Gold Level Partner Wounded Warrior Project. He says no number of words can express how amazed he is by the generosity of HFOT donors and supporters. “It’s amazing what the organization does for Veterans and the amount of detail in the homes. It gives me hope that things can get better.” 

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