SGT Kenneth Harker
Army SGT Kenneth Harker was on his 2nd deployment in June 2008 when he lost both of his legs in Baghdad, Iraq when an EFP (Explosively Formed Penetrator) tore through his HUMMVEE. Too dark to see what was going on, initially SGT Harker felt as though he was floating before he became aware of what had happened. Checking himself for injuries, he came to the realization that his left leg had been traumatically amputated and his right leg was severely injured. Lifesaving measures by his teammates readied him for evacuation, placing tourniquets on both of his legs and transporting him in a HUMMVEE for the one mile ride to FOB (Forward Operating Base) Loyalty before being transported to FOB Liberty in the Green Zone. Airlifted to Landstuhl, Germany, Ken was then medevaced to Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he endured countless surgeries, treatments, and physical therapies over more than three years. Transferring to Bethesda Naval Medical Center, Ken remained there until he was medically discharged and returned home to Indiana in the fall of 2011.
SGT Harker enjoys archery, wheelchair basketball, shooting, and hunting and is active in Paralympic sports and camps. He also enjoys four-wheeling. While planning on attending college and furthering his education, Ken is not yet sure of which career path he will choose but hopes to be involved with Homeland Security, and Fish & Wildlife Services. Expecting their first child in January 2012, Ken and his girlfriend Heather are looking forward to living in a Homes for Our Troops, specially adapted home. SGT Harker stated, “Having a home that is adapted for me instead of the frustrations of adapting to a home that does not fit my needs will give me more motivation and confidence to complete my goals and be comfortable doing so. Finding the words to express my gratitude and appreciation of the generosity of the wonderful supporters of this terrific organization would be impossible, but in my best effort, I would like to thank you. Without your support, I feel I would have many struggles to be comfortable in my own home. Thank you for meeting my needs and the needs of my family.”
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