SGT Christopher Tarte

Russellville, AR

Chris Tarte

On Oct. 29, 2011, Army Sergeant Christopher Tarte, a combat engineer with the 576th Engineer Company, 4th Engineer Battalion, was on his first deployment in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. While conducting a route clearance patrol, SGT Tarte’s vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast broke SGT Tarte’s legs in more than 10 places and caused a pulmonary embolism, vertebrae fractures and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). His right leg was eventually amputated below the knee.

Christopher underwent weeks of surgery and months of rehabilitation at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. With aggressive physical therapy, he was able to run again in February 2015.

Now medically retired, Christopher enjoys playing sitting volleyball, reading, painting, playing guitar and spending time with his three children. He would like to return to school and learn woodworking, but because of his current living situation, he says he does not feel comfortable or safe pursuing those activities. His current home is situated on a hill and the features in the home such as closets and kitchen appliances are not accessible. A specially adapted, mortgage-free home from Homes For Our Troops, will alleviate those concerns and allow him to focus on his education and hobbies, while setting him up for long-term success. With an open floor plan he will be able to access every room in his wheelchair, and a roll-in shower will allow him to bathe safely. He is also looking forward to doing more activities with his family.

Christopher is choosing to build his home in Arkansas.

Christopher says he is looking forward to having a place where he feels at peace and does not have to worry about his mobility. “I want to adequately take care of my children without hindrances. An adapted house from Homes For Our Troops will help me do that,” he says.