Cpl Justin McLoud
Mission Accomplished on Dec. 22, 2012
Marine Cpl Justin McLoud, deployed with the 3/5 Darkhorse Marines, was on his third deployment when he was lost both legs and his left arm after an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Sangin, Afghanistan, on Dec.10, 2010.
Periodically taking enemy fire while on foot patrol, Cpl McLoud had already moved across a bridge when his teammate began to cross and stepped on a pressure plate IED. The blast caused traumatic amputations of both of Cpl McLoud’s legs above the knees and required the amputation of his left arm due to the extent of his injuries.
Airlifted to Camp Leatherneck, crews stabilized Cpl McLoud for his flight to Landstuhl, Germany. Waking four days later in Bethesda Naval Medical Center he would spend five weeks there before being transferred to Balboa Hospital in San Diego, where he endured more than 50 surgeries.
Justin enjoys spending time with his son Desmond and his wife Alaina. He enjoys history and outdoor activities, fishing and snowboarding. With plans to become a teacher in the future, Justin is looking forward to attending college to obtain a degree in history.
When asked what having a home from Homes For Our Troops means to him, Justin shared the following, “One of the first concerns my wife and I had after my injury was trying to figure out where we could live that was adapted for me but also a nice home for our young son…HFOT has lifted that burden. Thank you for your support it means a lot to my family and me.”