SGT Odin Ayala
El Cajon, CA
Army Sergeant Odin Ayala was on his third deployment when he lost both of his legs in an IED blast in Kandahar, Afghanistan on September 14, 2011. While on a search and seizure mission, he stepped on an IED resulting in the traumatic amputations of both of his legs above the knee, and the index finger on his left hand. Medically evacuated by helicopter, SGT Ayala was treated at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital in Bagram before being transported to Landstuhl, Germany.
SGT Ayala was next airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas where he awoke four days after the blast and remained for nearly seven weeks before being transferred to Balboa Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California. Odin continues receiving treatments and therapies at Balboa this time.
SGT Ayala would like to return to school and earn a master’s degree in Engineering. A sports fan and former High School football player, Odin hopes to coach football at the high school level in the future. He is grateful for the chance to live a more independent life. He says, “Receiving an accessible home from Homes for Our Troops will help me focus on my recovery and my future. Thank you for making my life, and the lives of so many of our injured warriors easier.”