OH Villages of San Antonio welcomes the Lyons family
After returning home safely from a year-long deployment to Iraq, a motorcycle accident nearly ended Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Mark Lyons’ life.
Lyons crashed his motorcycle near Marine Corps Base Hawaii where he was stationed. He lost his left leg in the accident and spent seven weeks as an inpatient before he was transferred to San Antonio for rehabilitation.
Life changed very quickly for Mark, his wife and their two young daughters and the family was not financially prepared. Their monthly income barely covered the cost of traveling to and from Mark’s medical appointments and shifting the family to a new life in Texas.
Mark would prefer to stay on active duty. He has been wearing a prosthetic leg for over a year and working hard at rehabilitation. Still, he cannot yet complete the physical fitness test – a requirement for remaining in the corps.
The family was barely hanging on and looking toward a future of great uncertainty. Operation Homefront gave them a place to prepare and relieve their stress. Now they live at the Operation Homefront Village in San Antonio.
“This is a huge help to be able to take the money we would have used on rent and save it for if I leave the Marine Corps,” Mark said. “Otherwise we would have no money to make that transition.”
Mark said the family is enjoying days that are less stressful at the Operation Homefront Village.
“It’s a great apartment and it’s a huge benefit to be able to have a nice place to live and still save money for later,” he said.