SSG Timothy Kramer
Mission Accomplished on March 4, 2023
Determined to become a police officer after graduating from high school, Timothy Kramer joined the Army as a military policeman with the 58th Military Police Company, 25th Infantry Division.
While on his second deployment to Iraq on Aug. 6, 2006, Staff Sergeant Kramer was transporting detainees when his unit encountered enemy fire and their vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device (IED). Timothy remembers a bright flash of light then waking up in the medic tent.
Despite sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI), Timothy remained in theater through the end of his deployment. Upon returning to the United States, his health began to decline. In 2009, Timothy experienced a stroke, resulting in the loss of use of his left hand and foot, bilateral hearing loss, seizures, and traumatic headaches. He then underwent months of physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Now medically retired, Timothy enjoys spending time with his wife, Cassidy; their three daughters, Destinee, Raylyn, and Brynley; his son-in-law, Aaron; grandson, Ronan; and the family’s three cocker spaniels. One of their favorite family activities is camping trips. He is also a member of his local VFW Post 36 and is a big fan of the University of Nebraska’s football team, the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Though Timothy has made significant progress in his recovery, he still experienced obstacles within his previous home. It was frustrating for Timothy when he could not care for his daughters while in his wheelchair because of the narrow hallways and doorways.
Timothy has regained his independence with a Homes For Our Troops specially adapted custom home. Features such as automatic doorways, no thresholds, and pull down shelving mitigate many of the obstacles he had faced in his previous home. Receiving a donated home gives his family the opportunity to travel and hopes to use his love for the outdoors to help fellow Veterans by starting a nonprofit that coordinates outdoor retreats consisting of fishing, hunting, and camping.
He chose to build his HFOT home in the Lake Minatare area in Nebraska, where he grew up.
Timothy feels that a thank you to HFOT donors and supporters does not suffice. “To each and every one involved from the staff, donors, volunteers, and workers, thank you for all you do for Veterans. It’s people like you that make fighting for America worth it even more; with all my heart I say thank you and God speed.”
- KNEB-AM, Mar. 5, 2023 Minatare Army Veteran and family welcomed into new home. Read more
- Star Herald Mar. 4, 2023 Local military veteran, family begin life in new home built by national nonprofit.Read more
- NBC Nebraska Scottsbluff, Mar. 3, 2023 Military veteran to receive keys to Minatare home. Read more
- Scottsbluff Herald, Nov. 11, 2022 Throughout Timothy Kramer’s time in the military, the Bayard man witnessed several historical events. Read more.
- KNEP-TV, Oct. 24, 2022 Residents across the panhandle and country came together to help give a Veteran a new landscape. Read more.
- Scottsbluff Star-Herald, Oct. 22, 2022 Volunteers flocked to an unfinished home in rural Minatare Saturday to help a wounded Veteran get a new lease on a more independent life. Read more.
- Rural Radio Network, Oct. 18, 2022 Your help is requested this weekend to complete a portion of the custom home build for a former soldier and his family. Read more.
- Omaha World-Herald, Feb. 13, 2022 After sustaining injuries during his military service in Iraq, retired Staff Sgt. Timothy Kramer has been unable to do the simple things: like tucking his kids into bed or cooking a meal for his family. Read more.
- NBC News Nebraska, Feb. 10, 2022 This organization builds adaptable custom homes for wounded Veterans all throughout the United States. Read more.
- News Channel Nebraska (NCN), Feb. 8, 2022 Homes For Our Troops is building Veteran, Timothy Kramer a new home in Scottsbluff, NE.
- Rural Radio Network, Feb. 7, 2022 About 100 people were on hand over the weekend to show their support and celebrate the start of a construction effort anticipated to end this summer with a new home for an area veteran injured while serving in Iraq. Read more.
- Scottsbluff Star-Herald, Jan. 26, 2022 When Timothy Kramer graduated from Bayard High School, he wanted to become a police officer. He joined the Army as a military policeman, ascending the ranks until he became a staff sergeant. Read more.