My name is Alice Todd and my husband is ARMY Spc. Calvin Todd. On October 4th, 2012, 7 and a half months into his tour of duty in Afghanistan as a combat medic and 2 weeks after I gave birth to our first child, he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) while rushing to provide aid to three other wounded American soldiers. As a result of the IED, Calvin lost his lower left leg as well as sustained knee damage and a traumatic brain injury. We are currently recieving treatment and therapy for Calvin's injuries at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and planning for the next step of our lives, which largely includes a house adapted for his injuries. Not only will an adapted home make mobility more realistic for him, but give him peace of mind about his ability to get around with our young son.
Although the prosthetic leg is an amazing advancement for him, Calvin's prosthetic is not permanent. He does not wear it at night, or when he's trying to relax on the couch at home. There are also days where Calvin's leg is too swollen, or too sensitive from the constant wearing away of his skin, to wear the prosthetic. For these times, Calvin is wheelchair bound.
Unfortunately, the extent of Calvin's injuries do not qualify him for grants from the Veterans Affairs or veteran related housing funds at this time, so what we're trying to achieve is enough money to adapt a house for him to live as easily as possible. Some of the things we need to make this happen are, widened doorways for wheelchair accessability, uniform hardwood floors for wheelchair mobility, first floor master bedroom, handicap accessable bathroom and shower, entry ramp, bedroom emergency exit, paved driveway, etc. All funds raised will go directly to house adaption.
This is our "forever" home and we want to make it as easy as we can for our hero to live in.
Your contributions will allow this veteran to live with the ease and freedom of mobility that the bomb robbed him of. With an adapted house he will have the best chance of the independence that many of us take for granted.
To learn more about our story, visit our website at adaptovercomelive.com
Team on This Campaign:
Wife and Caregiver