Homes For Our Troops will celebrate the 50th HFOT home built in Texas on Saturday, June 4, 2022. To commemorate this milestone, HFOT will conduct a Key Ceremony on the 4th for Army Specialist Johnny Nguyen. SPC Nguyen was severely injured while serving in Iraq, and is looking forward to living in a fully accessible home. The organization has built and donated over 330 homes nationwide in 42 states. The public is welcome to attend and tour the home after the ceremony. For details about the event, visit www.hfotusa.org/nguyen.
On June 25, 2009, Specialist Nguyen was on his second deployment to Iraq serving with the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, when the vehicle carrying him hit an improvised explosive device (IED) in Sadr City, Iraq. SPC Nguyen lost his left leg above the knee and sustained severe damage to his right leg.
SPC Nguyen’s new home features more than 40 major special adaptations such as widened doorways for wheelchair access, a roll-in shower, and kitchen amenities that include pull-down shelving and lowered countertops. The home will also alleviate the mobility and safety issues associated with a traditional home, including navigating a wheelchair through narrow hallways or over thresholds, riding on carpets, or reaching for cabinets that are too high. HFOT will donate the home to SPC Nguyen, thanks to contributions from donors, supporters, and corporate partners.
“Our Veteran home recipients choose where they want to build their forever homes. Texas is a popular area because of the warm climate, proximity to healthcare, and the Veteran-friendly communities, and we are excited to reach the milestone of 50 homes in the state of Texas. We have developed a strong network of donors and supporters in the area and look forward to continuing our efforts here,” says HFOT President/CEO Brigadier General, USA (Ret) Tom Landwermeyer.
“The words ‘thank you’ don’t seem to be enough when I think of the impact HFOT’s donors have left on the Veteran community. I appreciate that we are still in your hearts and minds,” says SPC Nguyen.
Currently, there are over 80 active projects underway nationwide. To find out more on how to get involved or make a donation visit www.hfotusa.org.
Learn more about SPC Nguyen’s story and watch his video at www.hfotusa.org/nguyen.