U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Anthony Owens and his wife Ashley received a mortgage-free home in Dallas, GA from Wells Fargo and Operation Homefront. The home was awarded as part of our Homes on the Homefront program. Owens is a purple heart recipient.
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Marine Cpl. Anthony Owens enlisted in 2008 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 and 2011. During his last deployment, he 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 said.
When Anthony returned to the U.S., doctors sent him to San Antonio to treat the severe burns. Rather than use skin grafts, he underwent monthly laser treatments to burn the scar tissues off 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.
While they were going through treatment, Operation Homefront gave the couple an apartment at our wounded warrior Village in San Antonio. This gave them a place to prepare for the future.
While residents at the Operation Homefront Village in San Antonio, Anthony and his wife Ashley were able to save in preparation for his medical retirement. He also secured a job with an energy company in Georgia. Staying at the Village “allowed us to save that money for our transition out of the Marine Corps,” he said.
Now with their new home, which is close to Ashley's family and a support system, they can enjoy a much brighter future.