Cpl Joshua Sams

Wilmington, OH

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On January 12, 2012, Marine Cpl Joshua Sams was on a routine foot patrol in Kajaki, Afghanistan with his unit when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED), resulting in the loss of both his legs, a broken arm and a broken pelvis. Following behind three of his teammates who had just walked ahead of him without incident, Cpl Sams recalls taking a step and moments later, seeing nothing but dust around him. 

 

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After the blast, a feeling of weightlessness overcame him; still conscious and communicating with his team who was working on him, he was then loaded onto the helicopter for medical evacuation to Landstuhl, Germany. Joshua’s wife Lindsey took to his side immediately following the heartbreaking call alerting her of the injuries Joshua sustained on the battlefield. In the weeks and months of rehabilitation that followed, Joshua would progress on his prosthetics and eventually return to his active lifestyle.

An avid outdoorsman, Joshua enjoys hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, attending sporting events and being at the beach. He plans to enroll in school and finish the Criminal Justice degree program that he had started prior to his military service. Joshua and Lindsey are grateful for the opportunity to receive a specially adapted home suited to Joshua’s needs. Says Joshua, “Knowing for certain in a world of uncertainty that my wife and I would have a roof over our heads would bring peace of mind. Thank you to Homes for Our Troops and your supporters for what you do and stand for.

Project Updates

 

Volunteer Day, Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 9 a.m.

**Due to weather constraints on construction and the upcoming forecast for the weekend, we have rescheduled Cpl Josh Sams Volunteer Day to May 2 **

About the Volunteer Day:   Please join us as we install the landscaping plan for the outside of this home! We begin at 9 a.m. and go until the work is done that day. Bring your work gloves and small garden tools! Please RSVP. 

Key Ceremony, Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 11 a.m.

About the Key Ceremony:  An escort will bring Cpl Joshua Sams to the home site and we encourage all supporters to line the street to help welcome this Veteran to his new home. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. and distinguished guests will address the audience. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Cpl Sams will be given the keys to his specially adapted home.  After the Ceremony guests are welcome to tour the home. Please RSVP.

What we need:

  • Community Support Volunteers
  • Tents, Tables, Chairs, Podium & Sound System
  • Escort Coordinator
  • Fund Raising Heroes Lunch Sponsor
  • Bake Sale & Raffle Coordinator
  • Honor Guard
  • National Anthem Singer

Find out more about fundraising opportunities!  For more information contact Community Outreach Coordinator Katelyn Donovan at kdonovan@hfotusa.org. For media inquiries contact media@hfotusa.org.

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