The White Family
Specialist Scott White was deployed to Balad, Iraq in November 2007. Just about one month before he was scheduled to complete his mission he was injured during a training exercise. Scott’s arm was torn out of its socket, causing a very painful SLAP tear. Scott came to Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) from Landsthul, Germany on December 2, 2008. Since returning home Scott has had two surgeries on his shoulder and undergone counseling for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Additional challenges have included exorbitant medical costs related to his wife’s chemotherapy treatment and 2 year-old daughter Hailey’s speech therapy sessions. In recent months Scott’s bills had piled up and he also had to contend with living in a dangerous neighborhood. After a murder-suicide occurred across the street from his apartment Scott knew it was time to move out, it was no longer safe for his young family. That’s when a case manager at BAMC suggested Operation Homefront Village. Thanks to Operation Homefront, the White’s now have a safe secure place to call home. Scott is still undergoing two hours of therapy every day of the week. While the range of motion in his arm still isn’t back to normal it is improving. Since coming to OH Village Scott has enrolled at Wayland Baptist University and is hoping to become a physician’s assistant or a pediatric nurse. Wife Jenny also has plans to go back to school. After completing their studies, in San Antonio, the Whites plan to return to their home state of Michigan to be closer to their family.