SSgt Keith sekora
Lake Stevens, WA
Air Force Staff Sergeant Keith Sekora has been serving his country in various ways since 1988. First, he enlisted with the United States Army and served for ten years before leaving to achieve his dream of becoming a police officer. Three years later, after the Sept. 11 attacks, Keith again felt called to serve his country and enlisted in the United States Air Force Reserves as an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technician.
On Nov. 5, 2010, during his second combat deployment, Air Force SSgt Sekora was on an EOD combat mission with the 20th Special Forces Group in Afghanistan when an unknown object struck him in the back of his neck. This, along with being involved in other blasts, resulted in a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), four massive strokes, and several other injuries.
Today, Keith lives with his wife Andrea, and their daughter Olivia. He is a member of the Paralympic archery team. Andrea describes her husband as “a really happy, positive person, despite his injuries.” Although Keith has a great attitude, their current home presents daily challenges and risks. Partial paralysis, vertigo and double vision make the stairs in their home a particular challenge and safety issue.
Keith also cannot feel temperature due to his traumatic brain injury. One feature of the home that he and Andrea are excited about is the Kohler temperature-controlled shower. This will prevent Keith from burning himself, further complicating his recovery.
Keith says the gift of receiving a specially adapted Homes For Our Troops home will be life-changing. He and Andrea have spent time and money making modifications to their current home, but it is still not fully accessible. “The thought of being able to live my life fully independent puts my mind at ease,” he says.
Originally from Maryland, Keith is choosing to build his home in Washington State to be close to Andrea’s family who provide them with help and support.
Keith is incredibly grateful to HFOT’s donors and supporters. “Homes For Our Troops is amazing. This home will give me independence, security, and the freedom of knowing my family is taken care of,” he says. “It helps not just one Veteran, it serves the whole family.”