03/10/14

Homes For Our Troops

It was a privilege to serve as a United States Marine Corps (USMC) Captain in the 1960’s. I saw many remarkable and motivating events in my time. As a County Supervisor, I continue to see moving and encouraging stories emerge from the USMC: one of which I got to experience yesterday with Sergeant Julian Torres, his family, and Homes for our Troops.

It was General Colin Powell who said, “A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” When Sergeant Torres, his wife Ashley, and kids first started out they had very different dreams. That was before he went to Afghanistan and while he still had both of his legs. After stepping on an IED (improvised explosive device), we can only imagine being in his position: a life of rehabilitating and prosthetics. Our verbal gratefulness for his sacrifice can only go so far.

Enter Homes for our Troops. They specialize in identifying troops who require fully accessible homes and then commit to fundraise and build the home for the veteran and his family. All of it is a gift.

Seeing Sergeant Torres at the groundbreaking of his new home and hearing him speak gave me confidence that with sweat, determination, and hard work the Torres family would indeed reinvent their dreams. No, life may not be easy, but hopefully when their home is completed it’ll get a little easier.

Best wishes to Sergeant and Mrs. Torres, the kids, Homes for our Troops, and everyone who attended the event. Semper Fi!