Cpl Josh Langston-White
Crystal River, FL
On Aug. 10, 2012, Marine Corporal Joshua Langston-White was on his first deployment serving with the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, when he stepped on a pressure plate improvised explosive device (IED) in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The blast resulted in the loss of both his legs above the knee.
After undergoing 13 surgeries and a year and a half of recovery, Joshua is now back in his home state of Florida where he owns a landscaping business called Grass Masters. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business. He enjoys playing golf and any activity involving water – fishing, swimming, and tubing.
Although he has made progress in his recovery, Joshua still struggles with daily activities. Even small tasks such as carrying in groceries from outdoors is a challenge because he has to step over a curb. In the home, there are more hazards including narrow doorways, high shelves, and inaccessible appliances.
A mortgage-free, specially adapted home from Homes For Our Troops on a level lot, with an open floor plan, automatic doors and roll-under sinks will make it easier for Joshua to perform routine activities. Joshua is most looking forward to raising a family someday with his wife Brittini. He says knowing he will a have a home adapted to his injuries, where he can live safely, provides a great comfort to him. “The home is where you teach your kids everything,” he says.
Joshua is choosing to build his home in Florida because he has family and a support system there.
Joshua says he was shocked to learn there was an organization willing to build him a specially adapted home. “Marines are known for being tough but I wouldn’t be surprised if I shed a few tears when I walk into that house for the first time knowing I can provide for a family and be a productive member of society.”