The Barnes Family
Born at Naval Base San Diego Luquan Barnes was practically born into the military. Like his father, Luquan decided to enlist choosing to join the Army in November 2007. After a year of training to become a food service specialist, one day while stationed in Korea Luquan passed out and stopped breathing. After a series of medical exams he was diagnosed with vasovagal syncope, which is a sudden loss of consciousness triggered by physical or psychological stress. Not long after, Barnes was relieved of his duties and sent to the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. While undergoing more tests it was also determined that Barnes was losing his hearing, having difficulty swallowing, and having problems with his stomach. In March of 2009, Barnes started the medical board process and was placed on terminal leave from the Army.
Throughout this unexpected ordeal, Barnes and his wife of 3 years stayed in hotels and at the Powless Guest House. The Barnes then spent about six months in an apartment, until they could no longer afford the rent. Barnes seriously feared that he and his wife were going to have to live in their car. Fortunately for Barnes, his sergeant referred him to Operation Homefront Village – San Antonio. Thanks to Operation Homefront Barnes and his wife Porsha were able to move into a rent-free, fully furnished apartment. With his separation date from the Army fast approaching, Barnes is relieved to know that he will have a roof over his head as he waits on his Veteran’s Affairs and disability benefits to take effect.
Recuperating and getting financially stable are two things Barnes will be able to focus on while living at Operation Homefront Village. Barnes has plans to complete his Associate’s degree and pursue a career as a social worker or counselor. The California native has grown attached to Texas and the friendly environment. Barnes hopes to buy a home in San Antonio and raise a family here.