SGT SHAWN MONROE
Santa Fe, TX
Mission Accomplished on Dec.14, 2007
On Oct. 23, 2003, Army Sergeant Shawn Monroe, a team leader with the 527th Military Police Company, was training Iraqi police and doing route security when mortar fire hit while he was waiting outside a Baghdad police station. SGT Monroe lost his left leg and sustained severe damage to his right leg as a result of the attack.
Homes For Our Troops, with the help of the local community, built a specially adapted home for Shawn and his family in Santa Fe, Texas. The family was awarded the home Dec. 14, 2007.
Shawn is now a program advocate for the Army Wounded Warrior Program in Houston and is a substitute teacher for the Santa Fe public schools. He is also a singer and often sings the National Anthem at the annual HFOT fundraiser, the Dallas Fort Worth Clayshoot. He and his wife Kristi have three sons – Jonathon, Benjamen, and Mathew. The oldest, Jonathon, is in college, Benjamen does karate, and Mathew is in Boy Scouts. Kristi home schools the younger two sons. Kristi also served in the Army as a medic.
Shawn says he is able raise his sons without physical limitations in his specially adapted home from Homes For Our Troops. He and Kristi say living mortgage-free has allowed them to live comfortably with no financial burden.