ssgt omar milan
During his third tour on Jan. 9, 2012, Marine Staff Sergeant Omar Milan, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist, was conducting post-blast analysis in support of the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines in the Nawa District of Afghanistan, when he was in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion. The blast resulted in the loss of SSgt Milan’s right leg, significant injuries to his left leg, loss of fingers on his left hand and damage to his right arm among other injuries.
After enduring 40 surgeries and physical therapy for two years, Omar was medically retired in 2014. He now lives with his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters in Texas and says a home adapted to his injuries will help him and his family tremendously.
Omar loves woodworking and says it helps him deal with stress. In his current home, however, there is not enough space for him to work on projects while in his wheelchair. A fully accessible home from Homes For Our Troops will give him enough space for woodworking projects and allow him to access the bathroom and every part of the home.
Regaining his independence within the home, Omar will have more time to pursue other opportunities. He plans on going to school for mechanical engineering. He is also involved with several nonprofits including Spirit of a Hero, Cowtown Warriors, and Boot Campaign. Michelle will also have more time for her future plans once they receive their home. She is currently in school for nursing.
Omar is choosing to build his home in his hometown of Mansfield, Texas, for its excellent school district.
Omar is thankful to everyone who will contribute to his build project. “My family and I are forever grateful for everything and every single person who make this possible.”