Organization to build house for veteran
In October 2005, Hinkouse was patrolling in a vehicle during a late-night mission when part of his convoy was hit by a dual-stacked IED, causing the vehicle to explode. Hinkouse was ejected. He was left with a depressed skull, collapsed lungs and a serious leg injury.
Since then it has been a long recovery. He lost his right leg and 45 percent of his skull was removed for cranial plastic surgery. After spending hours in rehabilitation, Hinkouse’s life is slowing returning to normal.
The injuries left Hinkouse disabled and in a wheelchair. Because of his bravery and heroic duties for his country one nonprofit organization is giving back to Hinkouse.
Homes for Our Troops is an organization that builds and remodels specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans at no cost to the veterans. Hinkouse was chosen by Homes for Our Troops for a new home in the location of his choice.
Homes for Our Troops is the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc, National President's Project for 2010
Hinkouse, who lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Becky, chose Elizabeth as his new home. He said he wanted to live in a small community but not be too far from the city.
“I wanted to be close to a fire station and also close to good hospitals,” he said. “Becky and I both grew up in small communities, so Elizabeth was the right choice for us.”
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