LCPL Thomas Parker

Polson, MT

Mission Accomplished on Jan. 10, 2015!

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Marine Lance Corporal Thomas “Tommy” Parker was on his first deployment when he lost both of his legs in an IED blast in Sangin, Afghanistan on December 11, 2010.

Returning to base after a day-long mission of clearing IED’s for a local farmer, LCpl Parker was the bringing up the rear of a patrol of twenty men from the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, when he heard shots being fired. With darkness falling all around them and unable to pinpoint exactly where the shots had come from, the decision was made to continue to base while they still had daylight to guide their travel.

Within no more than 20 feet, LCpl Parker stepped on an IED, suffering traumatic amputations of both of his legs and left fingers and forearm. The corpsman and his squad worked fervently to save his life and prepare him for his evacuation by a British Royal Marine Helicopter.

Placed in a medically induced coma, the last thing Tommy heard before falling asleep was the British Marine telling him that everything was going to be okay. Awaking in Bethesda, Maryland three days later, Tommy had no idea that he had been to Landstuhl, Germany in the interim.

LCpl Parker remained at Walter Reed National Medical Center at Bethesda for 2 months, enduring surgeries and rehabilitation before being transferred to Balboa Naval Medical Center in San Diego where he was treated for 21 months before retiring on November 28, 2012 and returning home to Ronan, Montana.

LCpl Parker enjoys spending time with his fiancée, Amanda and her two young daughters. He and Amanda look forward to more children in their future and are presently planning their wedding. Tomy enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, camping; anything to do with the outdoors and considers himself to be an avid outdoorsman. An aspiring state level politician, Tomy plans to pursue a degree in social linguistics and eventually would like to acquire his doctorate in Law.

LCpl Parker is grateful for the support of those who will help make his specially adapted home a reality. “Not a day goes by that I am not faced with some sort of obstacle. Daily tasks that are simple and routine for able bodied people (taking a shower, getting dressed, and performing household chores) have a much more tedious and time consuming process when you are missing limbs. Homes for Our Troops is providing me with a home that is built around my specific injuries so that my activities of daily living are no longer a struggle, but part of my daily routine. With this gift of a specially adapted home, I will be able to focus on my family and my future.”

 

Milestones:

  • Groundbreaking- November 23, 2013
  • Volunteer Day - Sept. 13, 2014
  • Key Ceremony- January 10, 2015

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