SPC Blaine Sullivan

Las Vegas, NV

 

Blaine Sullivan enlisted in the Army as an Infantryman at the age of 18 in 2009, joining the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. He loved the adrenaline rush he got while serving and the camaraderie.

On Nov. 22, 2010, months into his first deployment, the career Specialist Sullivan had grown to love came to an end. While carrying an injured comrade in Sangin, Afghanistan, SPC Sullivan was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast resulted in the loss of his right leg and severe damage to his right arm.

Once back in the United States, Blaine spent a year recovering at Balboa Naval Medical Center in California. His mother, Stacey, spent months at his side.

Now medically retired, Blaine lives with his mother and his son John. Though it has been years since he received his first prosthetic, it is still uncomfortable to wear, and it is a challenge for him to walk short distances. He currently only wears his prosthetic to go out, and prefers to use his wheelchair at home. Because Blaine’s home is not accessible, it is hard for him to do daily tasks like cook. Blaine will be able to easily prepare meals in a specially adapted custom Homes For Our Troops home with pull-down shelves, roll-under sinks and stove top, and lower countertops. The home will also give Blaine financial freedom. He would like to study audio production and save for his son’s future.

In addition to audio recording and DJ-ing, Blaine also enjoys water sports and staying in shape. He plans to participate in all of his son’s activities as he gets older.

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Blaine is choosing to have his home built there.

Blaine says he feels saying “Thank You” to HFOT’s donors and supporters is not enough. “Never in my wildest dreams would I have expected to be honored with such a generous gift. My family and I are beyond excited at the thought of me being in an environment which will truly give me independence and let me focus on healing,” he says. “From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much.”