Corporal Chris Dushcel is originally from Tulsa, OK and now resides in Cherryville, NC. Chris knew from the age of four that he wanted to join the miliary. He served in the US Marine Corps from 1986 to 1992. He completed basic training in San Diego, CA and was deployed for the Gulf War as part of the I Marine Expeditionary Force. Chris was exposed to burn pits and suffers from Gulf War Syndrome.
In 2007, he was crushed by a school bus that fell while he was working on it and sustained massive injuries. He recovered but has lasting effects from those injuries, including trouble walking. Chris currently runs a nonprofit auto mechanic shop that serves Veterans and their families. He is also the commander of the local DAV and the local American Legion.
Chris’ roof was leaking and there were concrete stairs on the back of his house that had almost completely disintegrated and were very unsafe. So, Chris reached out to Purple Heart Homes, and we were able to repair his roof and build a deck so he could safely exit his backdoor.
About the project, Chris said, “I was overwhelmed. It was such a good feeling. I was hoping that Purple Heart Homes would help me out. And then it was just a tremendous amount of help. What they did, it was just amazing.” And we are grateful to have been able to serve Chris and his family!