OH Villages Welcome The Owens Family
Marine Cpl. Anthony Owens suffered third degree burns across
his back and flash burns to his face when his vehicle rolled over a
200-pound IED in Afghanistan. In the blast, he suffered a fractured
rib and in the days and months following, he would feel the often
debilitating effects of PTSD and TBI.
But that day didn't end with a single blast. Almost instantly,
the enemy was upon his unit. Despite his injuries, Anthony pulled
his best friend to safety and fired at the enemy, providing cover
for other Marines to be pulled from the wreckage. His memories of
that day replay from the view of an observer, he said. "It
almost felt like I was watching myself like in a movie," he
When Anthony returned to the U.S., doctors sent him to San
Antonio to treat the severe burns. Rather than use skin grafts, he
undergoes monthly laser treatments to burn the scar tissues off of
his back. His wife, who was at their home station in North Carolina
when he was injured, hurried to Texas to be with him. The couple
quickly amassed debt as they tried to maintain homes on both the
East coast and Texas. Operation Homefront has given the couple a
place to save and prepare for the future.
Now, at the Operation Homefront Village in San Antonio, Anthony
and his wife Ashley are able to save in preparation for his medical
retirement. His has already secured a job with an energy company in
Georgia pending his release from the Marines in about nine months.
Anthony said the couple will be able to make that move without
incurring more debt, thanks to Operation Homefront. "This has
allowed us to save that money for our transition out of the Marine
Corps," he said.