Sgt Anthony McDaniel
Marine Sergeant Anthony McDaniel was four months into his second deployment when he lost both of his legs and his left hand when he stepped on an IED in Kajaki, Afghanistan on August 31, 2010. While on a route clearance patrol with the 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines, Sgt McDaniel stepped on an IED resulting in the traumatic amputations of his legs, and his left hand at the wrist.
Lifesaving measures prepared Anthony for a medical evacuation by helicopter. Treated at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, he was stabilized for transport to Landstuhl, Germany. Sgt McDaniel initially was treated at Bethesda National Medical Center before being transferred to Walter Reed Medical Center where he remained for five months. Next transferred to Balboa Naval Medical Center, he continues receiving treatments and therapies as an outpatient at this time.
Sgt McDaniel enjoys spending time with his children and family and is active in his church. He enjoys wheelchair basketball and wheelchair racing, and has aspirations to compete as a member of the U. S. Paralympic Track Team. Anthony plans on completing his Accounting degree at West Florida University and hopes to one day open his own barbershop.
Sgt McDaniel is grateful for the support of those who will help make his specially adapted home a reality. Not only will it allow him the peace of mind by knowing that he will have more freedom and independence in his own home, but in his words, “It will eliminate a lot of stress in my daily life, just by knowing that I do not need to worry about finding a home that will meet my needs and be a great place to raise my family. To all those who have been there for me…thank you for your unending support during my recovery…you keep me motivated to push harder.”
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