SSG Anthony Verra
Mission Accomplished on Oct. 26, 2013
Army Staff Sergeant Anthony Verra was on his second deployment when he lost both of his legs after stepping on an improvised explosive device (IED) in Arghandab, Afghanistan on September 22, 2010.
Called in to take pictures documenting the situation at a compound that had just been cleared of five IEDs, SSG Verra stepped on an unidentified explosive. The blast traumatically amputated his legs and hurled him through the air.
Airlifted to Kandahar, and then to Bagram, SSG Verra would travel through Landstuhl, Germany, before arriving at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Now medically retired, SSG Verra enjoys spending time with his wife Shauna and three children. A football fan, Anthony enjoys attending games as well as watching them on television.
SSG Verra would like to continue to work with Soldiers and hopes to earn a degree in business and work with the Army or an organization with a close military affiliation.
By living in his specially adapted home, Anthony has regained his freedom and independence. He and Shauna have also been able to expand their family. “Homes For Our Troops is a great program with sponsors and volunteers who offer their support and help give back the basic daily needs to people who are in situations similar to mine. A specially adapted home from Homes For Our Troops helps me be more independent and allows me to be an active member of my family. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to live my life in a home without barriers.”