Mission Completed May 18, 2012
SGT Marco A. Robledo, Jr.
Army SGT Marco Robledo was on his first deployment when he was left a double amputee after an IED explosion in Taji, Iraq in May 2007. The third HUMMVEE in a five vehicle route clearing patrol, SGT Robledo was the gunner in the turret when the vehicle rolled over a pressure plated IED; the explosion tearing through the vehicle. After losing consciousness and waking to the smell of something burning,
SGT Robledo realized he could not move…what he did not realize was that he had lost his left leg above the knee and his left arm above the elbow as a result of the blast. Caught in an ambush, and with gunfire coming from all directions, he was quickly transported to a local hospital in Baghdad. Marco was soon flown to Ballad before being airlifted to Landstuhl, Germany, then to Andrew’s Air Force Base, and finally to Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he was treated for more than three years after the attack.
He grew up left-handed and has learned to use his right hand to write. He enjoys drawing, working on cars, Scuba diving, running, swimming and listening to music. He devotes much of his time to helping others. Marco is pursuing a degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland University College.
SGT Robledo is honored to be a part of our nation's military. He says, “I always wanted to travel and see different places. After deploying and being hurt however, I realized that there is no place like home. Thanks to Homes for Our Troops I will finally have that.”