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U.S. Army Lt. Garrett Spears of San Antonio graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ronald Regan High School, receiving both an ROTC and academic scholarship to Texas A&M University. Knowing from an early age that he wanted to serve in the military, he signed his Army contract within the first week of college.
Spears graduated from Texas A&M University in 2011 with a degree in chemistry and began his Army career as the Chemical Corp (CBRN) officer for the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. He was promoted to First Lieutenant in 2013.
While participating in combat field training in October 2013, Spears was struck in the head by lightning, stopping his heart and resulting in multiple burns across his body. The traumatic brain injury caused Spears to lose use of both legs as well as his short-term memory. After nearly two years of in-patient rehabilitation, Spears was discharged in the fall of 2015, and his road to recovery continues as he is walking on a limited basis. He was awarded with the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.
Spears lives with his mother and stepfather, who provide his daily care and support, in San Antonio. His younger sister, Kelsey, attends Texas A&M in honor of her brother.
Operation FINALLY HOME and Lennar along with support from Cushman & Wakefield are honored to present Lt. Garrett Spears and family with a custom, mortgage-free home in San Antonio.