SGT James “JP” McGuire, Jr.
Even though he no longer serves in the military, Army Sergeant (Retired) James “JP” McGuire Jr. has not stopped contributing to his country and community. He works for the government as a product specialist for the Defense Supply Center, and often speaks to high schools about his experiences. He says he will be able to do more once he receives a home adapted for his injuries.
On Dec. 13, 2007, SGT McGuire was a combat engineer on foot patrol with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) in Tunnis, Iraq. The blast resulted in the loss of his right leg.
After enduring over 30 surgeries following his injury, JP put his efforts and focus toward his goals. In addition to expanding his government career, he started a family with his wife, Brittney. They now have two children, Aubrie and James the 3rd.
JP says receiving a specially adapted home will be a gift from God and will make life much less stressful for Brittney and him. JP looks forward to being able to help out more around the home, and Brittney will no longer have to worry about JP falling down the stairs or hurting himself in the bathroom when she is not home.
The sense of security that comes with living in a mortgage-free and fully accessible home will allow JP to focus his energy on his family and other activities, such as taking his children fishing. He is a life member of the VFW and also coaches wrestling at a local high school.
Originally from Virginia, JP is choosing to remain in the state and build his home in Mechanicsville to be close to family and his job.
JP says he will not take this gift for granted and will use the tools he learns to help the organization in assisting other Veterans. “The HFOT organization, donors, supporters, and volunteers are the real heroes. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all that you do, not just for me but also for all of my comrades.”