SSG MICHAEL MONTANGE
On Aug. 22, 2007, Army Staff Sergeant Michael Montange was on his third deployment to Iraq serving with the 307th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division when he was severely injured. While leading a convoy on Route Sword in Baghdad, SSG Montange’s vehicle was hit by an explosively formed projectile (EFP). Shrapnel from the blast pierced through the armored door of the vehicle into SSG Montange’s hip.
Once transferred back to the United States, Michael endured more than 50 surgeries throughout his year and a half stay at Walter Reed Medical Center. During that time, doctors amputated Michael’s leg at the hip and removed his tailbone and left kidney.
Now medically retired, Michael runs his own charity called From the Brink Fishing, which takes Veterans and first responders fishing to establish a community and decrease stress. Michael currently operates the organization himself, which takes a toll on his physical and mental wellbeing. He believes a specially adapted custom Homes For Our Troops home will significantly reduce the obstacles he faces within his home, giving him more energy to put into this endeavor. In his current home, it is difficult for Michael to access the bathroom in his wheelchair because the doorways are too narrow. He often risks injuring himself when trying to reach the cabinets and appliances in his kitchen. A bathroom with a roll-in shower, and a kitchen with pull-down shelves will make it easier for Michael to bathe and prepare meals for himself.
The new home will provide a stable and secure environment for Michael and his newlywed wife, Cami Sue as they start their life together. Not having the everyday stress of dealing with a non-accessible home will also allow him to spend more quality time with his two children, April and Chase.
Michael grew up in Michigan, but his love of boating and fishing drew him to Florida where he plans to build his home.
Michael is appreciative to HFOT’s donors and supporters who will contribute to the building of his HFOT home. “This home will open a whole new avenue of how my everyday life can be,” he says.