Recently, I had the opportunity to meet an incredible young man. Army Sergeant Kenneth Harker is a true hero who rose to the call of duty to protect and defend his country. Tragically, though, he lost both of his legs during his second deployment to Iraq in June of 2008 when an Explosively Formed Penetrator (EFP) tore through his Humvee.
Immediately after the explosion, Sgt. Harker had to have his left leg amputated. His right leg was also severely injured. Emergency lifesaving measures were undertaken by his teammates who then readied him for transport to Landstuhl, Germany.
From there, Sgt Harker was medevaced to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. There, he endured countless surgeries, treatments and physical therapies over more than three years. He was finally able to return to Indiana the fall of 2011.
At Walter Reed Hospital, he connected with the organization Homes For Our Heroes, which helps get homes built for wounded soldiers that meets their new mobility needs. The organization raises donations, building materials and professional labor and coordinates the process of building a home that provides a wounded solider maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently.
This house means the world to Sgt Harker, his wife, Heather and their six-month-old daughter. I can tell you he is very excited to live in a house that is adaptive to his needs as opposed to one where many rooms are not even accessible to him. I know he is looking forward to the freedom and independence this house will bring.
The home being built for Sgt. Harker will be the first home built by Homes For Our Troops in Indiana. But, to make this happen, the family needs our support. They need volunteers, fundraising efforts and construction materials donated, including concrete, windows and doors, dry wall, paint, tiles, hardwood flooring, HVAC equipment.
The Build Brigade for Sgt. Harker is scheduled for July 20, 21 and 22 right here in Posey County!
They are also hoping to provide some surprises for Sgt. Harker, such as a riding lawn mower, a storm shelter, and a fenced in yard.
They need many volunteers, but especially those who have experience in plumbing, electrician work, landscaping and community organizing.
If you would like to get involved, please contact Renee Larsh at 508-823-3300 Ext. 216 or email her at: email@example.com. Please consider supporting this great cause.
To learn more about Ken’s story, visit: www.homesforourtroops.org/site/PageServer?pagename=KennethHarker
To learn more about Homes For Our Troops, visit: www.homesforourtroops.org