Army Sergeant Patrick Wickens loves being a stay-at-home dad to his sons Gavin, 9, and Carter, 1. But caring for his children on his own is often frustrating and challenging because his home is not wheelchair accessible. Every day, Patrick, who lost his right leg while serving in Iraq, has to hop around on his left leg to get around. His wife, Jenny, constantly fears Patrick will injure himself further when she is not home.
Patrick and Jenny feel incredibly relieved knowing they will soon receive a specially adapted custom Homes For Our Troops home in 2019. “I know there’s a light coming at the end of the tunnel. These homes bring comfort, stability, independence, and freedom – there are no boundaries once you get the keys to that home,” says Patrick.
As you ring in the New Year, please know your contributions have supported Patrick and so many additional severely injured post-9/11 Veterans in 2018. Because of your generosity, those who have sacrificed so much for our country are enjoying the holidays in their forever home. Thank you for supporting our mission. We wish you and your families a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Learn more about Patrick’s story and how his HFOT home will change his life in our second Before the Build video.