LCpl Hector LunaRodriguez
On Nov. 12, 2011, Marine Lance Corporal Hector LunaRodriguez, an Infantry mortarman, was on patrol with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, in Sangin, Afghanistan, when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast resulted in the loss of his right leg and severe damage to his left leg.
During his air evacuation to Bagram, LCpl LunaRodriguez required resuscitation several times. Once stabilized, he was transferred to Landstuhl, Germany, and eventually to the United States where he was treated at Walter Reed and Brooke Army Medical Centers. After four months of rehabilitation, with the aid of his new prosthetic, he was able to stand next to his wife, Karen, for the birth of their daughter, Rhianna, in March 2012.
Now medically retired, Hector works 50 hours a week for a company in the oil fields to provide for Karen and Rhianna. The long commute and work week often take a toll on Hector’s health. Having a fully-accessible, mortgage-free home from Homes For Our Troops will allow Hector to rest properly and not have to overwork himself. He hopes to one day be able to contribute to organizations that have helped him and his family through hard times, and living mortgage free will provide the foundation for him to do so. Once he receives the home, he will also be able to focus more time on his hobbies including, shooting, camping, and hiking.
Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Hector is choosing to build his home just outside the city in Boerne, to be close to family and for the community’s excellent school district and proximity to the VA Hospital.
Hector says he does not expect handouts, adding that he is grateful to the donors and supporters who will make his specially adapted home a reality. “Thank you for helping my family receive a forever home that my child and future children will grow up in,” he says.
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