CPL John Vail

Madison, MS


On March 7, 2012 while on a routine patrol in Kuwait, the vehicle that Army CPL John Vail was riding in rolled over, ejecting him and then landing on top of him, resulting in a spinal cord injury and paralysis from the waist down. 

Following the accident, CPL Vail was flown to Landstuhl, Germany and then transported stateside to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio where he spent almost two months. Eventually he was transferred to the James Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa for treatment of his spinal cord injuries and rehabilitative therapies for seven months.


John’s mother and father have been by his side throughout his recovery, encouraging him throughout every phase of progress. Another motivating factor contributing to John’s success is his son Brendon Michael; John dreams of running and playing football with him in the future.

After John was discharged from the hospital, the challenges of his injuries became more prominent since he was no longer in a facility that accommodated his wheelchair. John’s current living spaces also have carpet, which make wheeling a chair difficult. “I can only dream of being in a home where I’m self-sufficient and able to do my day to day chores like a normal person again,” says John. “Washing clothes, cooking, taking a shower, and having room to get in and out of my garage will leave me happier every day and I think that’s the main goal of my recovery.”

John knows several HFOT home recipients, so he has seen firsthand the difference the homes have made in their lives. He looks forward to being able to invite these friends and hang out with other fellow injured Veterans in the comfort of his accessible home, too.

Receiving a mortgage-free home from Homes for Our Troops will enable John to start rebuilding his life and allow him to continue his work of serving others. John would like to become a motivational speaker and establish a nonprofit to help fellow wounded Veterans. He looks forward to spending more time with his son in his new home and getting back to his hobbies, which include attending car and truck events with his show truck, and learning all he can about motorcycles. He is grateful for the life-changing gift he will receive from those who support his Homes for Our Troops build project.   

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