HFOT In the News
The American Homefront Project, Feb. 19, 2018 Army Veteran Ryan Wilcox is 29, easy going with a big sandy beard. Usually, you can’t tell that he’s wearing a prosthetic. His leg was amputated below the knee because of complications from a gunshot wound he got in Iraq in 2008. Walking is hard, so most of the time he uses a wheelchair. He says getting around in his house is like navigating an obstacle course — one where he gets wedged in doorways a lot. Read more.
The Press-Enterprise, Feb. 18, 2018 Gone are the days when Cristian Valle had to leap out of his wheelchair to answer the front door or reach into the kitchen cabinet. More than a decade after losing his legs in a blast in Iraq, Valle received a home near Temecula from the Homes For Our Troops nonprofit that is catered to his needs. Read more.
The Columbian, Feb. 17, 2018 The weather wasn’t ideal for landscaping on Saturday morning, with temperatures in the 40s and gusty wind sending rain sideways, but that didn’t stop about 100 volunteers from getting their hands dirty. People from across Southwest Washington and throughout the Portland-metro area showed up in force to slog through mud, lay sod and plant flowers at a home still under construction in Washougal. They did it for one reason: to give back to Army SPC Alex Hussey. Read more.
Valley News, Feb. 15, 2018 An Army Veteran who was severely wounded while serving his country officially began a new chapter Saturday, Feb. 10, when he received the keys to a specially adapted custom home in Temecula Valley Wine Country. Read more.
ABC 27 WKOW, Feb. 10, 2018 Army Staff Sergeant Russell Dennison and his wife Samantha have endured a lot over the last six years. In 2012, Dennison stepped on a 15-pound improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan, launching him 20 feet into a creek. Both his legs were amputated. Now, the community is helping to make their lives a little easier. Read more.
The San Diego Union-Tribune, Feb. 10, 2018 Today, Cristian Valle, his wife Blanca and their four young children become new residents of Temecula’s Valle De Los Caballos neighborhood, and the community is invited to join their celebration. Valle is a retired Army Sergeant who lost both of his legs to a mortar blast during a tour of duty in Iraq. Read more.
Valley News, Feb. 2, 2018 Classic hits from the ‘70s and ‘80s blared over a speaker as dozens of people shoveled mulch, planted trees and put down grass outside Army SGT Cristian Valle’s future home in Temecula Valley Wine Country Saturday, Jan. 27. Read more.
Spectrum News, Jan. 27, 2018 In 2008, Army Specialist Ryan Wilcox was shot in the leg while being deployed in Iraq. He later returned to active duty in 2012 and was deployed to Afghanistan. Shortly after, nerve damage in that leg forced doctors to amputate it, which made living at home difficult.Now the organization Homes For Our Troops is building Ryan and his family a home to fit their needs. Read more.
CNYCentral, Jan. 27, 2018 Army Specialist Ryan Wilcox celebrated Saturday with the kickoff of a project aimed at building a new home for him and his family, thanks to an organization with the motto “building homes, rebuilding lives.” Read more.
The Evening Sun, Jan. 15, 2018 After losing his leg during his service in Afghanistan, Army SGT Lyndon Sampang found it difficult to do daily activities. He was selected by Home For Our Troops to receive a specially adapted custom home to accommodate his needs. Read more.
The Watertown Daily Times, Jan. 14, 2018 Army Specialist Ryan Wilcox is longing for things many people take for granted. He is looking forward to playing with his children in the yard, tucking them into their beds at night and even preparing a meal or taking a shower without needing help. Read more.
The Montrose Press, Jan. 9, 2018 When the escort made of area American Legion Riders posts and first responders for Army Specialist Steven Baskis pulled up to Crossroads Victory Fellowship Hall on Jan. 6, the crowd went wild. Read more.
KKCO News 11, Jan. 8, 2018 Army Specialist Steven Baskis lost his sight after he was wounded in the War in Iraq. But he hasn’t let his disability stop him from enjoying the adventure of a lifetime. Read more.
The Montrose Press, Dec. 17, 2017 Since his injury and recovery, Steven Baskis hasn’t lived on his own and has moved a number of times with family and friends. This will soon change as he was selected to receive a home built specifically for him by Home For Our Troops. Read more.
The San Diego Union-Tribune, Dec. 10, 2017 Home something different to each of us. For post–9/11 Veterans who have sustained severe injuries such as partial or full paralysis, limb amputations and traumatic brain injury, home can be a catalyst for change. Read more.
NBC News Charlotte, November 2017 An Army Sergeant received the keys to his new home Saturday, thanks to a local community’s efforts. SGT Donald Walters was severely injured in Iraq and had trouble getting around his home in the past due to his injuries. Read more.
WDBJ7, Oct. 1, 2017 A retired Marine received the keys to his new home in Central Virginia on Saturday. The organization Homes For Our Troops built a home for Corporal Kevin Blanchard and his wife Myra in Crozet. Read more.
KOTA TV, Aug. 19, 2017 A veteran in South Dakota now has a custom home to fit his needs from Homes For Our Troops. Army Veteran Wayne Swier lost a leg and damaged the other in an explosion in Afghanistan, but Saturday he stood tall in front of his new home. Read more.
Fallbrook & Bonsall Village News, Aug. 6, 2017 At the Fallbrook Women’s Connection brunch held on July 21, Scott Youngren of Youngren Construction and former Marine Julian Torres were honored for their community service by several area officials. Read more.