Ever since Army Specialist Steven Baskis lost his eyesight while serving in Iraq when an explosively formed penetrator (EFP) detonated next to his vehicle, he has had to reestablish his new normal. Journeying to the tops of mountains – hiking, climbing, and working the back country – is a crucial part of his recovery.
Steven considers his specially adapted custom Homes For Our Troops’ home a launching pad for exploring the wild around him in Western Colorado and his other endeavors, including pursuing a music degree remotely from Berklee College of Music in Boston, hosting his own podcast, and running his own nonprofit, Blind Endeavors Foundation. The home’s automatic doors and open floor plan make it easy for Steven to navigate. The voice-operated technology within the home enables him to live independently.
This holiday season we want you to know it is only because of YOU that severely injured Veterans like Steven are living out their dreams.
“Having something like your vision stripped from you, a birth right, has changed me but I am still Steve – someone who still has desires, ambitions, and dreams. I try to live like I’ve always wanted to live,” he says. “HFOT allows Veterans like myself the ability to rebuild their lives. I have this rock, this foundation that will give me the ability to live life ahead. I hope to do great things because of it.”