OH Village Welcomes Loutzenhiser Family
Army Spec. Hank Loutzenhiser was preparing to go to war. The
infantry soldier was training hard and ready to serve on the front
Then, during a training exercise in Louisiana, Hank was thrown
from a humvee and into a ravine. The vehicle rolled over on top of
him. Hank suffered a broken femur and pelvis. Much of the lower
half of his body was crushed. Doctors removed muscles from his legs
and repaired extensive nerve damage.
After three months as an inpatient, and multiple surgeries, Hank
still suffers from the nerve damage. His right foot is now deformed
and his legs do not respond or move correctly. He walks with a
As doctors worked to repair his body, his wife Kayla rushed to
be by his side. She stayed at a nearby hotel and returned to the
hospital each day to be with him. When he finally became an
outpatient, the pair lived in the single room together. The young
couple said though they were simply thankful to be together, the
limited living arrangement became tiring.
Operation Homefront gave the young couple a place to be together
where they can function as a family and prepare for an uncertain
Now, Hank and Kayla live at the Operation Homefront Village in
San Antonio. There, Hank is close to the hospital where he
continues to receive care. The couple said they enjoy being near
other families who are experiencing the same processes they are as
Hank heads to the medical retirement board.
"We have opportunities to talk to people who have been through
the different stages," he said. "The process is lengthy and hard to
The financial help the couple receives at the village is also
giving them the opportunity to build a savings and prepare for life
outside the military - a future they never envisioned.
"This has been a blessing," he said. "This whole situation [the
injury] just kind of happens and you don't expect it. Operation
Homefront has given us a good opportunity to get ready for whatever