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Group Builds Home For Injured Local Vet

Army SPC Ryan Wilcox

Army SPC Ryan Wilcox

MEXICO – On Saturday, January 27, an army of volunteers will gather at the VFW Post #369, 5930 Scenic Ave, Mexico.

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Army SPC Ryan Wilcox

The public is invited to join Homes For Our Troops as it kicks off the build project for Army SPC Ryan Wilcox’s forever home.

“First of all, I know of this very generous gift from HFOT because I am Ryan’s very proud mother,” Donna Wilcox told Oswego County Today. “This is a great opportunity to celebrate Ryan and welcome him to the community!”

The event gets under way at 10 a.m. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m.

You can register for this event online at:
http://www.hfotusa.org/wilcox

If you are interested in getting involved with this event, contact: Alicia Wlodynski, community outreach coordinator –
[email protected]

Spc. Wilcox, a local wounded soldier, will be the recipient of a specially modified, mortgage-free home for wounded soldiers from Homes for Our Troops.

Ryan was selected as a recipient almost two years ago and the work for his home in Mexico started this past November.

He was first wounded in 2007, when he was struck by enemy fire while on a route clearance patrol in Iraq, his mother said.

“Ryan was just 18 at the time,” she added.

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. He also suffered other lesser injuries.

“However, Ryan re-deployed in 2012 to Afghanistan. But, after just three months in that country, the wound was re-injured and he was again transported to Walter Reed in Bethesda, Maryland, where he stayed for more than a year,” she said. “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. He and his fiancée, Sara Mauro, currently live in Fulton.

About Homes for Our Troops

Homes For Our Troops 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 suffered injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury.

These homes restore some of the freedom and independence veterans sacrificed while defending our country and enable them to focus on their family, recovery and rebuilding their lives.

The organization was formed in 2004. Nearly 90 cents of every dollar has gone directly to 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.

Since 2004, HFOT has built more than 240 specially adapted homes nationwide.

Its goal is to build a home for every veteran who qualifies for one of its specially adapted homes.

For more information visit, https://www.hfotusa.org/building-homes/veterans/wilcox/