Wounded Iraq Veteran Joel Tavera, A Home of His Own

Iraq Veteran Army Sergeant Joel Tavera is receiving a new home from Building Homes for Heroes.

After more than 70 surgeries and nearly four years of hospital care, highly decorated and severely wounded Army Sergeant Joel Tavera and his family on Saturday (Nov. 19) move into a new, four-bedroom, four-bathroom, specially-adapted home thanks to Building Homes for Heroes and William Ryan Homes.

A flag lined procession from James A. Haley VA Medical Center to his new home will welcome Tavera in patriotic fashion.

High-ranking military personnel, local dignitaries, fire-fighters, community members, corporate sponsors, civic organizations, and friends and family will be there to welcome Tavera to his new house.

“We want to thank all the hospital and military personnel, the construction team, and all of our supporters for making Joel’s dream home possible,” said Andrew Pujol, president and founder of Building Homes for Heroes in a press release.

The exterior of the new Tavera home near Tampa.

Tavera was severely injured March 12, 2008 while riding in an armored SUV inside the Tallil Airbase in southeastern Iraq when it was struck by five rockets, according to the press release.  The blasts killed three of his buddies.  Tavera was thought to be dead as well.  He lost sight in both of his eyes, his right leg, four fingers on his left hand, and suffered very serious head trauma and critical burns to 60 percent of his body.

At the time, his parents were told that their son was the second most severely injured soldier to survive the Iraq war. Sergeant Tavera, who received The Purple Heart and Bronze Star, recently underwent a 17-hour surgical procedure.

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One Response

  1. Welcome home Sgt. Tavera!

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