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'Homes for Our Troops' Kick-Off for Local Home-Building Event Jan 27

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Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is holding a Community Kick-Off event in Mexico on January 27, 2018, as an opportunity to introduce HFOT and Ryan M. Wilcox and his family to the Mexico community.

Wilcox is to be the recipient of a specially modified, mortgage-free home for wounded soldiers from an organization called Homes for Our Troops. Spc. Ryan M. Wilcox was selected as a recipient almost two years ago and the work for his home in Mexico, New York was commenced this past November.

The HFOT Community Kick-Off Event will be held at VFW Post #369, 5930 Scenic Ave., Mexico, starting at 10:00 am on jasnuary 27th, 2018. Checkin begins at 9:30 am.

Ryan was first wounded in 2007, when he was struck by enemy fire while on a route clearance patrol in Iraq. Ryan was just 18 at the time. He was transferred from Iraq to Germany and then on to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. He spent several months there prior to being discharged. He suffered a very serious and permanent gunshot wound to his right femoral triangle that resulted in extensive arterial and nerve damage, in addition to other lesser injuries. However, Ryan re-deployed in 2012 to Afghanistan, but after just three months in country, the wound was re-injured and he was again transported to Walter Reed in Bethesda, Maryland, where he stayed for over a year. He had several surgeries and tried various therapies and pain management medications over the many years since, but, ultimately, had his leg amputated from below the knee. Ryan is now retired from the US Army under a permanent disability.

Ryan has two young children, Nicholas and Juliana, and he and his fiance, Sara Mauro, now currently live in Fulton.

About Homes for Our Troops

Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post – 9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives. Most of these Veterans have sustained injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives. Since its inception in 2004, nearly 90 cents of every dollar has gone directly to our program services for Veterans. HFOT builds these homes where the Veteran chooses to live, and continues its relationship with the Veterans after home delivery to assist them with rebuilding their lives.

Building Homes and Rebuilding Lives

HFOT builds homes as a departure point for these Veterans to rebuild their lives, and once again become highly productive members of society. Despite their life-altering injuries, many of our Veterans have embarked on new careers, completed their college degrees, or started families. Empowered by the freedom a mortgage-free and specially adapted home brings, these Veterans can now focus on their recovery and returning to their life’s work of serving others. Many have embraced their roles as motivational speakers, sharing their messages of persevering through tragedy with groups and classrooms around the country; others take to a national platform to promote awareness of Veteran suicide, homelessness and PTSD. Their incredible stories – far too numerous to include on one page – are the driving force for the work we do here at HFOT.

Building on Success

Since 2004, HFOT has built over 240 specially adapted homes nationwide. Our goal is to build a home for every Veteran who qualifies for one of our specially adapted homes. View our active project list. HFOT has received Charity Navigator’s highest rating of 4 Stars for six consecutive years. Charity Watch has awarded HFOT an A rating and included us on its list of Top-Rated Military & Veterans Charities.

Please click on the link below to access a recorded interview on the HFOT's website about Ryan and Sara, as well as other general information about the corporation and other wounded soldier recipients across the country at: https://www.hfotusa.org/building-homes/veterans/wilcox/

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