Mark joined the U.S. Marines in 2002. Because he was a Fire Fighter and EMT, he was inspired to join the military because of 911 and he chose the Marines because he wanted to be in the heart of the action. After basic training in California, he was stationed in Iraq near the Syrian border.
Mark comes from a family that takes the responsibility very seriously and has family members that are still actively serving in the military.
During his service, Mark received injuries to his head, back, and body from being ejected from a vehicle when it rolled over. Afterward, he tried to continue serving in the Marines but after re-injuring himself he had to be medically discharged and he returned to his home state of Indiana. “It’s frustrating,” he said. “I walk with a cane now and some days are better than others.” The things he once enjoyed, like hunting and fishing, are so difficult to do that he has them give up altogether.
Mark also has issues because of his traumatic brain injury. “My wife has taken on the huge responsibility of helping me stay on things. I used to be able to do a lot of things around the house, now I am just frustrated having to see these things I can’t work on anymore,” he commented.
One winter his heat pump stopped working and, because of his limited funds and not being able to work, he and his family had many cold nights without heat. “I called for estimates, but with the repairs and all the ductwork that needed done-I just couldn’t afford it.” Mark felt pretty defeated. Then he reached out to
Purple Heart Homes. “They came here and saw what needed to be done and they helped me, and for that, I am very thankful,” he said. Purple Heart Homes is proud to assist Mark who sacrificed a lot to serve his country and we welcome him into the Purple Heart Homes Family!
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