Strikeouts For Troops: Stories From Troops

To all our service members and their families: Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers. Your service to our country is remembered each and every day.
These are some of the stories from our troops who have received assistance from Strikeouts For Troops. We know we can never fully repay them for their service to our country but we hope we can make a small difference in their life.

LCPL Brian

LCPL Brian was severely wounded in Fallujah by an IED. He sustained shrapnel wounds, hearing loss, a broken elbow, fractured his left foot, and had to have his right leg amputated. Since the injury his community has come together to support him and his family. LCPL Brian is undergoing treatment at the Center for the Intrepid at Fort Sam Houston. He used his grant to pay living expenses.

SSG Charlotte

SSG Charlotte was conducting dismounted operations in Muqdadiya, Iraq, when an Iraqi woman approached her squad. SSG Alexander was approximately 5 feet away from her as she detonated the explosives that were concealed under her clothing. The suicide attack caused 2nd and 3rd degree burns on 30% of her body. Both legs received devastating injuries, resulting in the amputation of her leg above the knee. She has used the grant to ease the financial burden at home.

Lt. Andrew

Lt. Andrew was injured in Al Anbar province, Iraq, when he stepped on an IED while conducting dismounted operations. He suffered abdominal injuries and total hearing loss, as well as above the knee amputation of right leg and hip disarticulations on the left. He also has suffered ulnar nerve damage on both arms. His grant is being used to help with his rehabilitation.

SPC Gibson

SPC. Gibson was injured in Iraq by a suicide bomber while on patrol He is now permanently disabled. He used his grant to buy a special needs bed for his home.

SFC Eva

SFC Eva was injured in Khandahar, Afghanistan when her vehicle overturned. Injuries include disk herniation of 9 disks in her spine, hearing and vision loss. She used her grant to buy airline tickets for her young daughter to come visit.

SGT Cheryl

SGT Cheryl was injured in Iraq after she stepped on a pressure plate that exploded an Improvised Explosion Device (IED). The blast amputated both legs. She used her grant to have loved ones near.

CPL Ryan

CPL Ryan was wounded in Iraq by an IED blast that killed four of his friends. He received 3rd degree burns, massive head trauma and multiple shrapnel wounds. His grant was used to help with childcare for his son.

SPC Collin

SPC. Collin was taken seriously ill while serving in Sarajevo, Bosnia. His is recuperating from a viral infection in his heart. His grant was used to keep loved ones near.

SPC Richard

SPC. Richard was injured in Iraq when he was hit with a flare. He received 2nd and 3rd degree burns on both legs and cervical damage when he jumped out of the gunner’s hatch of his humvee. He is being treated at Brooke Army Hospital. He used his grant to help pay needed expenses.

SGT Jeffrey

SGT Jeffrey was injured in Iraq when an IED blast threw him out of the vehicle. He received 11 broken ribs, 3 back fractures and frontal lobe injury. His grant was used to assist with expenses for his wife and four children.

SGT Jerry

SGT Jerry was injured in Afghanistan when a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) hit his vehicle, sending shrapnel through his head and lacerating his eye. After multiple surgeries, he is set to undergo another surgery to insert a steel bone flap into his head. His grant has been used to keep his family near.

SPO John

CPO John was injured aboard the USS Frank Cable while in the process of checking the heat temperature on the ship's boilers. A boiler exploded and sent searing steam into his vicinity. He received steam burns to his skin and lungs. He has been at Brooke Army Medical Center ICU Burn Unit on a ventilation machine since December 2006. He has undergone 5 skin graph surgeries and will undergo several more before he is discharged. He has used his grant to keep his wife and two children near.

SPC Louis

SPC Louis was injured in Mosul, Iraq. He was hit by a suicide bomber and received hearing loss, severe burns and multiple fractures. His grant was used to defray home expenses.

SSG Tim

SSG Tim was a combat medic who broke his back and received nerve damage in his right leg while at Kuwait Naval Base. He used his grant to keep his loved ones near while he recovers.

SGT David

SGT David was injured in Baghdad when a car bomb exploded near his squad. He received injuries to both knees and nerve damage to both arms. The grant helped with his personal expenses.

MAJ Enrique

MAJ Enrique was injured when his vehicle was hit by an IED causing the driver to lose control. He has lost 70% of his vision. He used his grant to help defray personal costs at home.

SGT Van

SGT Van served in Iraq. After returning home to North Carolina, a loud noise triggered severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He was hospitalized for PTSD. The grant was used to help his family make ends meet.

SSG John

SSG John was driving in Taji, Iraq when an IED exploded under his vehicle. He lost his right leg and his left leg and arm were both severely broken. He used his grant to fly his children to visit him at Walter Reed.

PFC Caleb

PFC Caleb was injured in Iraq by a roadside bomb. He died in surgery. Strikeouts For Troops purchased four airline tickets to fly his parents and grandparent home all together to Illinois with Caleb.

CPL Timothy

CPL Timothy was injured in Tikirt, Iraq when a tire exploded in his face. He has had 10 facial reconstructions since the injury. The grant was used to fly in his family and pay for lodging.

AO1 John

AO1 John was injured by an IED blast in Iraq. He received burns to 35% of his body and his right hand was amputated. The grant was used to fly in his family.

SPC Crystal

SPC Crystal was injured in Ramadi, Iraq by an IED explosion. She broke every bone in her left leg and her right foot was amputated. The grant was used to help her make ends meet.

LT Ryan

LT Ryan was injured in Iraq by an IED blast. He lost his right arm and his left leg. He used his grant so his wife could be near.

Cpl James

Cpl James was injured in Ramadi, Iraq and has since had 18 surgeries to reconstruct his face and he lost his sight in his right eye. His grant was used to help him make ends meet.

LCPL John

LCPL John was injured in Fallujah by a roadside bomb. He had a craniotomy in Iraq and is being treated at Bethesda. His grant was used to keep his parents near.

SGT Frank

SGT Frank received traumatic brain/head injuries from an IED explosion in Iraq. His grant was used to keep his loved ones near.

SGT Rudolph

SGT Rudolph was injured by an IED blast while on a convoy in Bayji, Iraq. He suffered a head injury and several fractures. His grant was used to buy food for his family.

SGT Grayson

SGT Grayson was injured in Iraq by an IED blast. He suffers from partial nerve damage to his right arm and leg, internal injuries of his liver, kidney and intestestines. He used his grant to fly in his parents and keep them near.

SPC Brett

SPC Brett was wounded when a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle improvised explosive device when his vehicles collided with the bombers. The grant was used to pay expenses for his home.

SGT Chad

SGT Chad was injured in Tikrit, Iraq He lost both legs and injured his right hand. His grant was used to pay for childcare so his wife could visit with him.

CPL Andrew

CPL Andrew suffered multiple injuries when an IED exploded near the left side of his face while serving in Ramadi. He lost his left eye, suffers from hearing loss, and sustained burns to his face, left arm and neck. He has gone through 12 reconstructive surgeries in attempts to repair the damage from the burns and to correct his nose. His grant was used to help pay much needed expenses at home.

MSgt. William

MSgt. William was injured while serving in Afghanistan. As a result of a gunshot wound, he has lost the use of his right arm. His grant paid for his in laws to fly in to take care of his children so his wife could be near him at Walter Reed.

SPC Andrew

SPC Andrew was seriously wounded when an IED went off next to his vehicle. The force from the explosion trapped his leg underneath the steering wheel column. After a few minutes he miraculously escaped but not without numerous injuries. He sustained muscle and nerve damage and partial vision loss. He used his grant for adaptive equipment for home.

Spc. Michael

Spc. Michael was injured by an IED explosion in Iraq. His injuries include a brain cyst that is causing nerve and muscle damage. He is the father of 5 children ages 9 months to 6 years old. His grant helped with expenses at home.

SPC Alexander

SPC Alexander sustained traumatic brain injury from an IED blast. He has trouble functioning on his own without guidance. The grant was used to provide for basic necessities while he recovers from his injuries.

Spc Adam

Spc Adam was injured by an IED explosion. He lost his left arm, his right hand is injured and both legs were badly burned. His grant helped his mother with expenses so she can be near while he recovers.

SPC Adam

SPC Adam was wounded in Fallujah by a bomb blast/ He suffered wounds from shrapnel hitting his face, causing complete loss of vision and will soon under go reconstructive surgery to his nose and left orbit. The grant was used to pay bills that were very behind.

Spc. Timothy

Spc. Timothy was injured in Iraq during a mortar attack. He suffered injuries to his face, neck, and thighs and broke his leg. His mouth has wired shut and has a trachea for breathing. His grant was used to keep his family near.

SGT Brian

SGT Brian was wounded when a suicide bomber set off his explosives three feet away from him. He suffered with 3rd degree burns, traumatic brain injuries, and PTSD. He used his grant for adaptive equipment to help recover from his wounds.

SGT Sheryl

SGT Sheryl was injured after stepping on a pressure plate that exploded. The blast amputated both legs and she is currently recuperating at Walter Reed. Her grant has been used to keep loved ones near.

SPC Helmer

SPC Helmer was riding in a humvee when he was hit with an IED. After being sent to Walter Reed he was diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and a severe concussion due to small cracks in his brain. He used his grant to keep his family close during his recovery.

SPC Gregorio

SPC Gregorio was in Baqubah when his tank was hit by an IED. He broke multiple bones, including in his neck. The grant was used to help pay home expenses.

SSG Deron

SSG Deron was wounded in Baghdad by an IED blast. He sustained injuries to his neck, spine, shoulder, and brain. He used his grant to help with costs at home while recovering.

SPC David

SPC David was wounded by an IED when on patrol in Baqubah. He suffered 2nd degree burns on half of his body, shrapnel wounds, hearing loss, and other injuries. Perhaps the greatest wound of all, David lost his best friend in the blast. The grant was used to pay outstanding debts.

CPL Cody

CPL Cody was a team leader on a routine patrol in Fallujah when an IED went off next to his unit. Cody sustained shrapnel wounds to his face resulting in a broken skull. The grant was used to help make ends meet at home while recovering in the hospital.

CPL Chris

CPL Chris was first wounded by an IED in the Al Anbar province while conducting combat operations against enemy forces. He sustained shrapnel wounds to his left arm and hands, a perforated eardrum, two broken fingers, and hearing loss. After returning to duty the next year, he was once again struck by two more IED’s and now suffers from complete hearing loss and posttraumatic stress disorder. He used his grant to defray costs to travel for treatment.

CPL Laura

CPL Laura, a Marine, was wounded in the Al Anbar province when a suicide bomber attacked her unit. Laura sustained burns all over her body. The grant was used to help ease her mind by providing help with her living expenses.

SFC Gregory

SFC Gregory was in the battle of Sperwan Ghar in Afghanistan when his vehicle was struck by an IED. He was not able to pull himself out from the gun turret. He was lodged in as his vehicle caught fire. At the last moment a young communications officer, whom he had only met in passing, pulled him out through the flames. At that point Gregory’s uniform was on fire when the Communications Officer put it out with sand and pulled him into a ditch. Gregory was then stabilized enough to be moved out of the area, barely surviving. He sustained third degree burns, fractured his leg, and lost part of his intestine. The grant was used for childcare and home expenses.

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