Cpl Christopher Montgomery
Marine Corporal Christopher Montgomery was on his third deployment when he lost both of his legs and severely injured his left arm in an IED blast in the Northern Helmand Province of Afghanistan with 3/5 Dark Horse Marine Battalion on December 7, 2010.
While on a dismounted patrol, his left leg hit an IED buried in a pile of rubble, throwing him in the air, traumatically amputating both of his legs and severely injuring his left arm. Suffering from abdominal injuries and a burst eardrum as well, Cpl. Montgomery reached for his tourniquet and combat Lifesaving Bag in order to start treating his injuries, only to find that they had been blown away in the blast. Quick reaction by his teammates helped stabilize and prepare him for evacuation. Transported by truck to the local Forward Operating Base (FOB), Cpl. Montgomery was medevaced to Camp Bastion and then Bagram Air Force Base before being airlifted to Landstuhl, Germany. Once stabilized, Chris was flown to Bethesda National Naval Medical Center where he spent 2 months enduring surgeries before being transported to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas where he continues receiving treatment and therapies at this time.
Cpl. Montgomery enjoys working out at the gym, hunting, fishing, and many sports. He hopes to attend college and eventually own his own business. The youngest son in a large family, Chris hopes to one day raise a family of his own.
Cpl. Montgomery would like to thank everyone for their support and helping make the possibility of living in a barrier-free home a reality. When asked to share what living in a Homes for Our Troops specially adapted home will mean to him, Chris shared the following, “Everybody needs a place to come home to at the end of the day...this accessible home is what I am looking forward to go home to. Thank you for everything...this means a lot to me.”