Summit, MS

Mission Accomplished on Sept. 18, 2010

After high school, Joshua Wells was unsure where his life would lead him. After the September 11 attacks, he knew he had to serve his country and joined the Army.

In November 2007, Specialist Wells was on his first deployment as an Infantryman with the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, when he was injured while driving a Stryker vehicle on a routine refueling mission. Following the lead vehicle, SPC Wells was passing through an Iraqi Army checkpoint when four explosively formed penetrators (EFPs) were detonated, immobilizing the Stryker vehicle. A team member pulled him from the vehicle while a medic applied tourniquets preparing SPC Wells for medevac. The blast resulted in the loss of both of his legs. After being airlifted to Balad, Iraq, SPC Wells was immediately flown to Landstuhl, Germany, and finally to Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas where he began his recuperation and rehabilitation.

Throughout his recovery, Joshua has learned to take life one day at time. A specially adapted custom Homes For Our Troops home has helped him achieve his goal of living a healthy and active lifestyle with his family and friends. Without the daily obstacles of an inaccessible home, Joshua has regained his freedom and independence, giving him the motivation to continue his education and spend time with his family. He has an associate’s degree in applied science and business management and a welding certificate from Southwest Mississippi Community College.  The wide-open layout of the home and yard enable Josh to enjoy his hobbies, including practicing jiu-jitsu, hunting, and playing video games.

Joshua says thanking HFOT donors and supporters isn’t enough. “Many of life’s challenges and stressors are no longer present in my life. I am very appreciative of the support and generosity.”