SSgt Thomas “Charlie” Linville
On his second combat tour in 2011, Marine Staff Sergeant Thomas “Charlie” Linville conducted Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) operations supporting the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, and 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, in the Sangin District Afghanistan. While recovering casualties on Jan. 20, he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast resulted in the loss of his right leg and the loss of fingers on his right hand. He also sustained an injury to his spinal cord.
SSgt Linville underwent 15 surgeries during his stay at Balboa Naval Hospital. He was also treated for headaches, head trauma and ear trauma and received speech therapy and physical therapy. He is currently an outpatient at the Boise VA, where he receives speech therapy and rehabilitative care for his spine and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
Charlie’s injuries have not stopped him from getting outdoors and doing the activities he loves. An avid mountain climber who has hiked mountains in South America and Mexico, Charlie achieved his goal of reaching the top of Mount Everest in May 2016. He also aspires to resume training to join the U.S. Paralympic Biathlon Team. When he’s not exploring mountain ranges across the world, he enjoys spending time with his family, biking, camping, hunting, and fishing. He also volunteers his time at nonprofits and works with children who have cancer.
Despite his active lifestyle, Charlie faces mobility challenges in his current living space. He and his wife, Mandi, and the couple’s two daughters share a two-level home. This arrangement often leaves him confined to one floor during the day, preventing him from spending adequate quality time with Mandi and the girls. The mortgage-free, specially adapted home he will receive from Homes For Our Troops will remove those barriers, giving him complete room-to-room access. Charlie is looking forward to this freedom and having an accessible shower, where he will not have to worry about his safety.
Originally from Boise, Idaho, Charlie and his family are choosing to build their home in Bend, Oregon, for the area’s vast outdoor recreational activities, school district and healthy lifestyle.
The support from HFOT’s donors and supporters has left Charlie overwhelmed. “What these homes and your care and support mean to each individual Veteran and their families is something that cannot be adequately described in words,” he says. “It’s more like a number of emotions flooding through the entire body and resonating in the heart.”
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