HM3 Redmond Ramos
Redmond Ramos is one of four brothers who all served as Navy Corpsmen with the Fleet Marine Force supporting Marine Infantrymen in combat.
On March 26, 2011, near the end of a combat deployment to Sangin, Afghanistan with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, a fellow Marine stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). Red was maneuvering to assist the injured Marine when he triggered another IED. He lost his left leg below the knee and sustained other injuries in the blast.
A California native, Red credits his love for the ocean with helping him recover, calling the hours he spent surfing and scuba diving his “greatest therapy”. Currently, Red is a forensic analyst fighting sex trafficking. He enjoys spending time with his wife Krista, a reserve firefighter, and their two children, Aspen and Redmond.
In Red’s current home, the use of a wheelchair is not feasible, making it difficult to recover on days that he is unable to wear his prosthetic. Red says it’s hard to talk about how many challenges amputees deal with day to day. “People see you running around in public and don’t realize you are in constant pain. They don’t realize that you are taking your leg off and wheeling around the house, or that you have to smile and tell everyone you are doing great even when you feel like you are walking on razor blades.”
Receiving a specially adapted custom home will enhance his family’s life. Special adaptations such as automatic doors, accessible walkways around the home, and pull-down shelving will make everyday tasks easier. He looks forward to living near fellow HFOT Veterans, having them over to his home, and watching his children grow up with them as extended family.
Red is choosing to build in his home state of California.
Red extends his deepest thanks to HFOT donors and supporters. “I can’t begin to explain how much we thank you. You are changing my life. You are changing my family’s lives.”