Sgt Kaleb Weakley
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED ON Jan 21, 2023
During his second combat tour in February 2012, Marine Sergeant Kaleb Weakley, a field artillery cannoneer, was on a routine patrol with the 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines, in southern Helmand Province, Afghanistan when he was hit by enemy fire in the left leg and right arm.
Once back in the United States, Kaleb underwent more than 20 surgeries on his leg and arm over the course of two years. It is possible he may need to amputate his left leg in the future. While recovering at Balboa Naval Medical Center, Kaleb met his wife, Sydney.
Now medically retired, Kaleb and Sydney have two children, Scarlet and Killian. Kaleb enjoys hunting, fishing, off-roading, shooting, and running. He is active within his community as a member of the American Legion, and does motivational speaking at local schools. He is also a firearms and archery instructor.
Although Kaleb leads an active lifestyle, he uses his wheelchair to get around his home. This made many daily activities challenging as his wheelchair could not fit in many rooms in his previous home. Receiving a specially adapted custom Homes For Our Troops home with an open floorplan, and wide doorways and hallways, alleviates these issues. Standing for long periods of time is difficult for Kaleb, so having an accessible kitchen with roll under sinks and lower countertops make cooking easier.
The new home provides Kaleb with the foundation to move forward with his future. He is currently finishing his associate’s degree in social and behavioral sciences at Cuyamaca College. He also likes to dedicate his time to helping others through the nonprofit Outdoor Experience for All (OE4A), which takes terminally ill children hunting. “This home gives me the freedom to help my community,” he says.
Originally from Virginia, Kaleb choose to build his home in Southern California for the area’s agriculture and farming opportunities.
Kaleb appreciates the support from HFOT’s donors and supporters. “HFOT is a great organization that I fully support and hold near and dear to my heart. The organization is doing great things to help our nation’s wounded Servicemembers.”
- Jan. 4, 2023, Ramona Sentinel The nonprofit Homes For Our Troops is planning to award the keys to two Ramona homes to two injured Veterans at a joint Key Ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 21. Read more.
- The Ramona Sentinel, Dec. 20, 2022 About 200 volunteers pitched in Saturday to add landscaping to two new homes in Ramona that will soon house two injured Veterans and their families. Read more
- Ramona Sentinel, May 25, 2022 Two veterans who were injured while serving in the Middle East will soon be getting specially adapted homes in Ramona from the nonprofit Homes for Our Troops. Read more.
- Ramona Home Journal, Oct. 27, 2020 Enlisting in the military can be a rewarding experience for those who choose to serve, and for many, it can be an opportunity to gain higher education and the path to a fulfilling career. Read more.
- Ramona Sentinel, Nov. 22, 2019 Kaleb Weakley, 30, knows how to turn tragedy to triumph, not just for himself but also for his fellow military Veterans. Read more.