Iraq War Veteran Will Be Home for the Holidays in Parrish, FL

The finished home of SSG Juan Roldan.

Retired Army SSG Juan Roldan is finally home. It’s a home constructed with adaptations like extra wide halls and a roll-in shower for the wounded warrior, a double-amputee.

Saturday, Roldan and his family received the keys to his new home, built by Homes for Our Troops and hundreds of volunteers.

Roldan lost both his legs in an explosion in Sadar City, Iraq on December 29, 2006. The staff sergeant was a vehicle commander, on a patrol when an Explosively Formed Penetrator (EFP) struck the vehicle, immediately killing the driver and gunner and throwing SSG Roldan from the vehicle.

Roldan’s injuries included above the knees leg amputations, a spinal cord injury, life-threatening loss of blood and Traumatic Brain Injury.

He was airlifted to a local hospital and then to Landstuhl, Germany, where he had to be stabilized before being sent to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He was in a coma for two weeks and it took him more than three months to learn to speak again.

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Andrew Lourake (L) volunteered at Walter Reed helping amputees. That's where he first met Roldan (C). The two were reunited at the home build in August when this photo was taken.

I interviewed Roldan when construction started in August.

“Nobody had any obligation building this house, nobody,” said a soft-spoken Roldan who was overwhelmed by the response of volunteers. “But people chose to contribute in whichever way they could and for that I will be eternally grateful.”

And the volunteer team met its goal of finishing the home for the Roldan family so they could be moved in their new home for the holidays.

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