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U.S. Army Sergeant Javier Torres was a high school student when he felt the call to join the U.S. Military after witnessing the horrendous terror attacks that took place September 11, 2001.
In January 2004, Torres enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Vicenza, Italy with the 173 ABN and deployed to Afghanistan January 2005. Eight months later, Torres was injured when his platoon was ambushed. His HUMVEE was hit by a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) and the convoy came under attack by heavy gunfire and RPG attacks. The convoy was trapped in a valley with no room to maneuver. Torres was shot three times during the firefight, once threw his left ankle, another threw his right foot and a third shot struck his right shin. His fellow soldiers protected him before he was medevacked three hours later. Torres spent a few days at the clinic in Kandahar and Kabul before he was taken out of his base for further treatment and recovery.
For his service, Torres received several awards including a Purple Heart, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and a Combat Infantryman Badge, among others. Torres continues to suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder along with challenges related to his gunshot wounds which makes it difficult to be employed.
Torres and his wife, Stephanie, and their daughters currently reside in Land O’ Lakes, Florida. As a family, they enjoy spending time at the beach and pool. They’ll often play games together and bring their dog to the park for exercise.
Operation FINALLY HOME along with PulteGroup Built to Honor program is honored to provide Javier Torres and his family with a mortgage-free, brand new home in Arden Preserve located in Land O’Lakes, Florida.