SSG Alex Dillmann
Army Staff Sergeant Alex Dillmann was on his second deployment when an IED blast left him paralyzed with catastrophic injuries while in the Province of Ghazni, Afghanistan on February 27, 2011. The Squad Leader in the first vehicle in a convoy, SSG Dillmann was on a night mission when his truck rolled over an IED, killing one soldier and leaving four others, including SSG Dillmann, with severe injuries. Suffering from multiple broken and fractured bones, TBI, lacerations, and internal injuries, Alex’s most serious injuries, burst fractures to the T3, T4, and L4 vertebrae, would result in paraplegia from the chest down. Life saving measure by his platoon enabled SSG Dillmann and the three other injured soldiers to be MEDEVACed to Bagram Air Base where they were stabilized for the trip to Landstuhl, Germany. SSG Dillmann arrived at Walter Reed Army Medical Center five days after the blast; heavily sedated, Alex would spend the first month of his recovery unaware of his condition before being transferred to James A. Haley Hospital in Tampa.
SSG Dillman spends hours each day enduring a rigorous physical therapy program. An avid runner prior to his injuries, Alex is now learning to use a hand-cycle. Alex enjoys hunting, fishing, and weightlifting and looks forward to leading a healthy and active lifestyle. He and his wife, Holly are pleased to be back in Alex’s home state of Florida and living close to family members. With plans to return to college and start a family of their own in the future, Alex and Holly are focusing their energies on creating the life they envisioned together prior to Alex’s injuries.
SSG Dillmann would like to thank everyone who is supporting him through his ongoing healing journey. Alex looks forward to a home that will provide him with independent functioning, giving peace of mind to both him and his wife. “Thank you for supporting Homes for Our Troops. I am grateful to all who are supporting our injured service members and their families…this home will not only allow me to be more independent, it will enable me and my wife to continue to rebuild a successful and productive life together.”