CW2 Patrick Scrogin
On September 11, 2001, Patrick Scrogin was flying a crop duster plane in Texas when he was instructed to land immediately because terrorists had flown into the World Trade Center. Later that night, while hearing the details of the horrific events, Patrick felt a calling to join the military. He first deployed during the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003 as an Infantryman with the 101st Airborne Division. In 2005, he became a scout attack helicopter pilot with the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, providing close air support to ground troops.
On March 1, 2007, during his second deployment, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Scrogin was flying a mission over Kirkuk, Iraq, when the aircraft unexpectedly began hurtling toward the ground at 3,000 feet per minute. While CW2 Scrogin was able to level the helicopter enough to save the lives of himself and his co-pilot, he sustained several severe injuries in the crash including the loss of his left leg, nine fractured vertebrae, and a crushed pelvis.
Now medically retired, Patrick says his recovery is still an ongoing process, even 12 years later. He has undergone over 50 surgeries and continues rehabilitation and therapies to this day. Doctors initially told Patrick he would never be able to fly – or even walk – again. Despite the prognosis, Patrick flew civilian aircraft again shortly after being discharged from the hospital. He considers himself to be independent and tries to live life as normally as possible, often traveling to hunting trips all around the world. Even with his unwavering strength and determination, Patrick still faces challenges in his current home. He frequently slips while balancing on his leg in the shower, and he experiences pain from his spinal cord injury. He says a specially adapted custom Homes For Our Troops home with an accessible shower and therapeutic tub will help relieve some of the stress on his remaining limb and lower back.
Currently an air traffic controller in the St. Louis region, Patrick also has his own company called Veteran Adventures, where he gives Veterans rides with his own plane. He would like to go to law school and get involved with politics. Living in a barrier-free home, Patrick will be able to put more energy into these endeavors. Most importantly, the home will enable him to spend more time with his three children.
Patrick feels humbled to be accepted into the HFOT Family, and intends to give back to others. The financial freedom of a donated home will enable Patrick to spend more time serving at his local VA hospital. “This is something I love doing, as it usually opens up a world that has been forgotten about in the Veteran’s mind. They crave speaking to someone who can relate and understand, and this empowers me to help those who have helped our great Nation,” he says.
Originally from Missouri, Patrick is choosing to remain in state to be close to family.
Patrick wants donors and supporters to know receiving an HFOT home is a dream come true. “Thank you so much for your generosity and selflessness to support such a beautiful organization which does so much to help empower Veterans to excel in their futures,” he says.