Wanting to make something of his life, Army Staff Sergeant Mercedes Amaro joined the Army at the age of 18 in August of 2000. SSG Amaro was deployed overseas four times, serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and suffered multiple injuries. During his last deployment, he started to have severe pain in his lower back and knees. In June of 2009, Amaro received a Soldiers Medal for saving a soldier’s life when she dropped a grenade in their pit.
SSG Amaro has had major back surgery, has injuries to his shoulder, knees, and feet, and suffers from PTSD.
Army Staff Sergeant Kyle Evans was severely wounded on May 10, 2007 in Ninewah, Iraq. Staff Sergeant Evans was serving as a lead vehicle convoy commander responsible for escorting supplies to outlying combat posts in the northern province, which included Mosul and Talafar.
An Improvised Explosive Device exploded directly under his seat. He was evacuated to the Combat Support Hospital. He was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury from the IED blast.
United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Joseph Gallo was injured while conducting EOD operations in Okinawa, Japan when a naval projectile detonated. He was getting a tool when he saw a bright flash and was knocked to the ground. His vehicle shielded him from most of the blast, but he received shrapnel wounds to both arms. The wounds to his right arm were very serious, and he was lucky that medical personnel were able to save the arm.
Ms. Helen Pappas of Prince George, Virginia donated $100,000 in April of 2013 to assist the effort to build or modify homes for severely wounded veterans.
Building Homes for Heroes and Chase bank welcomed home Army Specialist Andrew Toppin, wife Ashley, and their two children to their beautiful new home in Spring, Texas on Friday, October 11, 2013. On hand for the celebration were builders, landscapers, heating & cooling technicians, Toppin family members and friends, volunteers, the Patriot Guard Riders, The Texas Honor Ride, and many local supporters. In addition to losing his right leg, Specialist Toppin, a Purple Heart recipient, suffered severe damage to his left leg and significant burns on his face and arms. The Toppin family is t