Army SGT Robert “Finn” Visbal
Army Sergeant Robert “Finn” Visbal joined the military right after high school as a tanker to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, who was also a tanker in the Army. He deployed once to Iraq in 2008, and then to Afghanistan in 2011, as a gunner with A Company, 1-5 Infantry, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. On Dec. 4, 2011, his unit was on a mission clearing abandoned compounds and building roads, when his vehicle drove over an improvised explosive device (IED). SGT Visbal sustained significant damage to his left leg and right foot in the blast.
After numerous surgeries and months of physical therapy, SGT Visbal’s left leg was amputated below the knee.
Now medically retired, Finn earned a degree in automotive technology at Chattahoochee Community College in July 2018 and he is now in a one-year welding program. He is also working as a mechanic at a local franchise. Finn and his wife Holley got married in August 2016 and they became parents to a baby boy in January 2017.
Receiving a specially adapted custom home from Homes For Our Troops, will offer him the space, comfort, and freedom to focus on his recovery and rebuilding his life. Living in a single-level home also means Finn will not have to haul a heavy backpack while climbing stairs. Being able to use his wheelchair more around the home, will make parenting easier for Finn. He is also looking forward to having a garage in his new home where he can have the space to work on cars, a favorite hobby.
Originally from Georgia, Finn is choosing to build his home outside Atlanta to be close to family.
Finn is grateful to HFOT’s donors and supporters for making it possible for him to receive a specially adapted home. “Thank you for helping wounded Veterans like myself to be able to get back to living life as normally as possible. It means the world to me,” he says.