Marine LCpl Phillip Quintana
Caddo Mills, TX
Phillip “Phil” Quintana joined the military after high school to stay out of trouble and get on the right path in life. He joined the Marines as a heavy machine gunner with the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, and immediately loved the camaraderie of serving with his brothers in arms.
On Sept. 29, 2005, during his first deployment, Lance Corporal Quintana was serving in Asadabad, Afghanistan, when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED). LCpl Quintana sustained multiple injuries in the blast, including severe damage to his left leg.
For ten years, Phil endured over 30 surgeries in an attempt to salvage his left leg. In 2015, doctors amputated his leg to improve his quality of life.
Medically retired, Phil enjoys hunting, working on cars, riding horses, gardening, and hiking with his wife Jenny and their two children, Delanie and Ryan. He has immersed himself in helping others through the Adaptive Training Foundation, an organization that trains other amputees to walk and live with their amputations.
Though his amputation helped his recovery, coping with his injuries for over 15 years has taken a toll on Phil. His current home has narrow hallways and doorways, leading to damage on the walls from his wheelchair. He loves cooking, but he often becomes discouraged when preparing meals because he has to balance on one leg. It is hard for Jenny to watch her husband struggle while trying to enter and exit the home. Once he receives a specially adapted custom Homes For Our Troops home, Phil will be able to easily access every part of the home, enabling him to focus entirely on family and future plans. He would like to open a food truck business, and lead a sustainable lifestyle with his family by growing and raising their own food. “In this home, we will be able to breathe and give our kids a chance to have a stress-free life in the country,” he says.
Originally from Arizona, Phil is choosing to build his home outside the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas for the area’s rural feel and excellent schools.
Phil wants HFOT’s donors and supporters to know how much of an impact they will make in his life. “It’s hard to show my complete gratitude for this miracle; thank you for giving my family and me hope.”
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