FOX Sports Supports is proud to team up with Homes For Our Troops, an organization committed to building and donating specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives. It is stories like Adam’s and others that inspire us each and every day as we support the HFOT mission of “rebuilding lives.” In July of 2005, Marine Sergeant Adam Kisielewski deployed to Iraq as an infantry squad leader and operated outside of Camp Fallujah, Iraq. In Al Karmah (a small city west of Fallujah), Kisielewski was severely injured on a patrol after encountering an improvised explosive device blast inside a school known for frequent enemy activity. Kisielewski’s wounds required the amputation of his left arm at the shoulder and his right leg four inches below his knee. Kisielewski’s left leg was also badly damaged in the blast and required three months of continuous limb salvage surgeries for doctors to determine they could save his limb. Kisielewski also endured various other surgeries to his stomach and ears. Kisielewski received care at National Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. After 14 months of recovery, Sergeant Kisielewski medically retired from the US Marine Corps in October 2006. Homes For Our Troops was proud to award Adam and his family with their home, on July 16, 2011. Since then, Adam has earned his pilot’s license, started motorcycle riding, and will be pursuing his master’s in policy at Georgetown University. Most importantly, he has no limitations within his home, allowing him to focus on his family. “Homes For Our Troops has allowed me to pursue my passion and goals. This home has provided me a place of no boundaries,” he says. Learn more about other Veterans like Adam at www.hfotusa.org.
This Memorial Day, we take a look back and honor those who have fearlessly served our country both past and present and salute those who put their lives on the line for us to enjoy our freedoms. FOX Sports is proud to partner with Homes For Our Troops, a national non-profit that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives. These homes restore the freedom and independence they sacrificed while defending our country. Homes For Our Troops has built hundreds of homes across the country for deserving veterans, each with a unique story… CPL Timothy Read Odessa, Florida Timothy Read always knew he wanted to be a Marine. He left for boot camp the summer following his high school graduation in 2007. He first deployed to Iraq in 2009 and then again to Afghanistan in 2010. During his second deployment, on Oct. 15, 2010, he was on patrol with the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines in Marjah, Afghanistan, when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast resulted in the loss of his left leg above the knee in addition to other injuries. He served and recovered with fellow HFOT home recipient Julian Torres. He underwent numerous surgeries and rigorous rehabilitation therapies at Walter Reed Medical Center, Balboa Navy Medical Hospital, and the VA in Tampa. While being treated in Tampa, he met his wife Anh Lan Du, who works in the hospital’s prosthetics department. Now medically retired, Timothy enjoys weight lifting, mechanics, working on cars, and off-road rally racing. He is currently earning his associate’s in arts and plans to pursue a master’s in mechanical engineering. He would like to create his own nonprofit race team to help raise money and awareness for organizations that helped him, like Homes For Our Troops. Living mortgage-free in a home adapted to his injuries will help him with this aspiration. In his current home, the kitchen cabinets and counters are too high for him while in his wheelchair and he does not have an accessible shower. Anh is often fearful he will trip or fall when she is not home. Receiving a Homes For Our Troops home equipped with pull down shelves and a roll-in shower will alleviate this burden. The mortgage-free home will also provide a stable foundation for Timothy and Anh to start a family. “Just being in a home, raising our family together and building our nonprofit – that will be the best thing to happen,” Timothy says. Originally from Mississippi, Timothy is choosing to build his home outside Tampa, for the rural feel of the area. Timothy is grateful to HFOT’s donors and supporters who will contribute to the building of his specially adapted home, and he promises he will not take this gift for granted. “I have witnessed the transformation of many Veterans who received a HFOT home. Thank you for your continued support,” he says. For more inspiring stories or to contribute to the amazing work done by HFOT, visit Homes For Our Troops.