Pasadena, MD

Mission Accomplished on Sept. 11, 2009

In April 2008, two days before his 25th birthday, Army Sergeant Luis Rosa-Valentin was part of the 4th Infantry Division, acting as a point man on a dismounted combat raid just outside of Baghdad. During a six-hour firefight in an area filled with snipers and combatants, Luis assisted an injured buddy, helping to evacuate him out of the area, all the while being shot at by snipers.

After leaving the chopper landing zone and returning to the firefight, SGT Rosa-Valentin was scanning the rooftops for snipers when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded directly next to him, immediately amputating his legs and left arm and leaving him unconscious. Regaining consciousness, it took immediate life-saving measures to stabilize him enough to be transported to a local hospital. He was later airlifted to Landstuhl, Germany and finally to Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he remained for nearly a year and a half.

Luis enjoys spending time with his two young daughters. Before his injuries he was interested in anything military related and had been since he was a young boy. Growing up in a military family, Luis moved from base to base as his dad’s orders changed: living in Germany and then returning stateside to complete his middle and high school years at Ft. Meade in Maryland.

A fan of UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), SGT Rosa-Valentin enjoys watching the fights both in person and on television. He enjoyed sky diving pre-injury and looks forward to obtaining his sky diving certification in the future. Since receiving his HFOT home, he has taken an interest in hunting.

When asked if there was anything he would like to say to those who have made this specially adapted home possible SGT Rosa-Valentin replied, “Freedom is not free… don’t forget the fallen Soldiers and please, don’t forget the Soldiers who return from war. Thank you Homes For Our Troops for this gift… this home will give me back my freedom.

The Rosa-Valentin family received the keys to their HFOT home on Sept. 11, 2009. Thank you to everyone who joined Homes For Our Troops and Arrisbrook Builders at the Key Presentation Ceremony.