Amputee soldier receives home, part of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

HelpingaHero.org holds groundbreaking Thursday

SAN ANTONIO - The final episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is set to air in just a few weeks. The episode will feature a local wounded warrior, retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Shilo Harris. 

Harris and his family are the centerpieces of the show, but it will also feature glimpses of other injured soldiers receiving homes, including retired U.S. Marine Sgt. Ron Sullivan. 

A groundbreaking for Sullivan’s new home was held Thursday in Schertz.

"In Afghanistan, we were on patrol. I was just walking along and it hit me," said Sullivan, as he described how he received his injuries.

It was an improvised explosive blast that resulted in two amputated legs, a rod and plate in his left femur, and injuries to Sullivan’s head and hand. His journey back to everyday life has been difficult.

"Since he came back from Afghanistan, he’s struggled a lot and had a lot of things that he’s had to overcome and I think this is an incredible gift," said Sullivan’s mother, Robin.

That gift was a new wheelchair-accessible home, built courtesy of HelpingaHero.org and Chesmar Homes. 

Sullivan’s home is the fourth of out nine homes in the San Antonio area orchestrated by HelpingaHero.org. 

So far, they have contributed to the building of 90 homes nationwide for wounded warriors.

"I know how it changed our lives,” said Harris. “I mean, when I say it changed our lives, I mean it made an impact on our lives."

Harris joined a brotherhood of other wounded warriors to help present the home to Sullivan. 

"I’m so grateful and so happy ... for him that he’s going to be able to live somewhat of a normal life," said Robin Sullivan.

"Three, four months, and I'm in here, so I’m pretty excited," said Sullivan.


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