SGT LisaMarie Wiley
Garden Ridge, TX
After a few years in the workforce, LisaMarie Wiley joined the Army wanting to do better, not just for herself but for others as well.
She deployed twice to Afghanistan serving as a human intelligence collector with the HUMINT Platoon, Bravo Company, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division. On Nov. 20, 2011, during her second deployment, Army Sergeant Wiley was supporting the 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, in Pa’in Kalay, Afghanistan when she stepped on a daisy-chained improvised explosive device (IED). She sustained multiple injuries as a result of the blast, including the loss of her left leg below the knee.
While she was still recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center, she joined the Army’s Warrior Transition Battalion, which provides support to injured Servicemembers and helps them transition back to military or civilian life.
Now medically retired, LisaMarie enjoys tending to her garden, spending time outdoors, thrifting, and crafting metal and wood projects. She and her fiancée Matt Ryals have plans to create a nonprofit organization as part of the Maker Movement that provides a space for the community to learn, teach, and be creative. She is currently pursuing degrees in biology at the University of Texas San Antonio. She already has a bachelor’s in fine arts from The Art Institute’s Miami International University of Art and Design and she has studied in the Cochise College Intelligence Studies program. She was recently appointed the consumer rep for the VA’s Federal Advisory Committee for Prosthetics and Special Disabilities. What LisaMarie is most looking forward to though, is starting and raising a family with Matt.
Receiving a specially adapted Homes For Our Troops home will alleviate LisaMarie’s daily challenges, opening up more time for her to focus on her future plans. In her current home, the floors are uneven, causing LisaMarie to trip or fall while walking on her prosthetic. Having a wheelchair accessible bathroom, she will no longer fear falling while taking a shower. “Receiving this home means I will not have to exist in my future unhappy. I am not my amputation, I am my future,” she says.
LisaMarie is choosing to remain in her home state of Texas to be close to the VA and family.
LisaMarie says she will never be able to fully express her gratitude, love, and admiration for HFOT’s donor and supporters who will contribute to the building of her home. “You are giving me more than just a house, you are giving peace of mind to those who need it the most.”