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U.S. Army SFC Jose Sierra joined the Army a few years after graduating from John F. Kennedy High School in San Antonio, Texas. During his more than 21 years of service, he was part of four combat deployments including Bosnia (1996), Kuwait (1999), and then Iraq in 2003 and 2007.
Jose was injured during his combat tours in Iraq. While serving in his final deployment in 2007, his tank ran over an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and was ejected from his seat and knocked unconscious. Because he was able to walk and talk after the explosion, Jose resumed his mission with another crew and tank. Once he returned to Fort Hood (Texas), he began to notice changes and realized he needed medical attention. Jose was diagnosed with PTSD and TBI in addition to suffering with neck, back and wrist pain.
Jose was presented with a number of honors for his service including a Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, Combat Action Badge, NATO Medal, plus many more.
Jose and his wife, Dolores, went to high school together and married in 2012. They currently live in San Antonio and between them, they have six children and five grandchildren. Dolores is Jose’s caregiver.
Jose spends time focusing on his hobbies, including woodwork projects or working on his ’58 Chevy truck or ’72 Chevelle Muscle car.
Operation FINALLY HOME, Lennar Homes and Southstar Communities are proud to provide the Sierra family with a custom-built, mortgage-free home in the Mission Del Lago community in San Antonio, Texas.