SPC Justin Perez-Gorda
Dripping Springs, TX
Army SPC Justin Perez-Gorda was on his first deployment when he became a paraplegic and suffered a traumatic brain injury, as the result of an IED explosion in Memlah, Afghanistan on January 5, 2011. The driver of a Mine resistant Ambush Protected All Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV), SPC Perez-Gorda and his team were returning from a reconnaissance mission when they came under fire near a school. Maneuvering the vehicle through the area, SPC Perez-Gorda could not know that a pressure plated IED lay hidden in the road. The bomb detonated as the truck rolled over it, throwing SPC Perez-Gorda from his seat; the deafening sound of the blast, the last thing he remembers. Suffering from back fractures and bursts, SPC Perez-Gorda also suffered a broken leg and pelvis fracture, as well as hand injuries. Airlifted to two separate medical centers in the Green Zone, SPC Perez-Gorda was next airlifted to Bagram Air Force Base and would spend a total of four days receiving treatment in Afghanistan before being airlifted to Landstuhl, Germany where he stayed for another two days. Airlifted stateside, Justin’s journey would take him through Andrew’s Air Force Base in Maryland and then Scott Air Force Base in Illinois before finally arriving at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX, nine days after the blast.
A native of Long Beach, California, Justin has decided to raise his family in Texas where he can be near Brooke Army Medical Center.SPC Perez-Gorda enjoys spending time with his family; his wife Josie and their two young daughters. Justin says he has learned to not take life for granted and enjoys living every day to the fullest.
SPC Perez-Gorda is grateful to all of those who are helping to make his specially adapted home a reality. When asked what this gift of a home will mean to him, Justin replied, “This home will be a God send to me and my family…it will take so much stress off of us and will make the quality of our life so much better. Thank you for your support. We are honored to be part of the Homes for Our Troops family.”
Homes for Our Troops Date: Saturday, June 1st, 2013 Time: Contact Community Outreach Coordinator, Ashley Twigg with any questions at email@example.com News and updates about this project will be added here as they happen!
is extremely pleased to announce that we are
breaking ground in Dripping Springs, TX for SPC Justin Perez-Gorda.
Homes for Our Troops
Saturday, June 1st, 2013
Contact Community Outreach Coordinator, Ashley Twigg
with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
News and updates about this project will be added here as they happen!