Cpl Paul Schaus
North Tonawanda, NY
While on his second deployment, Marine Corporal Paul Schaus was left a double amputee after stepping on a landmine during a firefight with insurgents in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on June 5, 2009. Following a mission protecting another squad while it destroyed an enemy bunker, Cpl Schaus and his squad came under enemy fire. For nearly an hour, the mortars and small arms fire continued as Cpl Schaus and his squad held their ground and engaged the enemy in close range. While taking his team to check the flank for enemy movement, Cpl Schaus stepped on a landmine and was critically injured, losing both of his legs above the knees and a finger on his left hand. Life saving measures by his squad readied him for MEDEVAC to Camp Leatherneck, where despite having twice gone into Cardiac Arrest, Cpl Schaus was able to be airlifted to Landstuhl, Germany. He was eventually transferred state-side and spent a month at Bethesda Naval Medical Center before finally moved to Walter Reed where he remains at this time.
While continuing his treatments and therapies at Walter Reed, Cpl Schaus plays Sled Hockey on the USA Warrior Hockey Team. Paul is an avid reader and hopes to go to college and one day own his own business. He is looking forward to moving home to Buffalo to be closer to his family and friends and says his specially adapted home will be life-changing. When asked if he would like to thank the volunteers who are working to help make his home possible Paul shared the following: “Thank you. You think that people like me are the heroes but it’s people like you who keep our men and women going…just knowing that you care about us not only while we are over there but when we come home is huge…thank you.”