Blasted by Adversity

October 8, 2015

5:30 PM

Homes for our Troops presentation by Luke Murphy

Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded, nonprofit organization building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of these veterans have sustained injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury. These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives.

Army Staff Sergeant Luke Murphy was the squad leader of an 11-man reconnaissance team with the 187th Infantry Regiment, a component of the 101st Airborne Division, on his second deployment when he lost his right leg above the knee and severely injured his left leg in a blast in Sadr City, Iraq in April 2006.

Transported by truck and saved by measures taken by his men, 18 minutes after the blast SSG Murphy was in a field hospital being prepared for medevac to the Baghdad ER where he received several units of blood. Stabilized for transport to Landstuhl, Germany, SSG Murphy arrived at Walter Reed Army Medical Center within days of his injuries and remained there for a year enduring nearly thirty surgeries.

Since moving into his home in February 2014, Luke has become a partner at Southern Land Realty, coauthored a book Blasted by Adversity and joined HFOT’s Veterans Action and Advisory Team (VAAT). Luke has also endured three more surgeries and says his home has made the recovery so much more bearable. “My home is truly the only place I can move freely and in total comfort. It has been a wonderful place to heal, grow and move forward. I will always be grateful to HFOT.”

Thursday, October 8, 2015
5:30 PM with reception to follow

Pogue Auditorium
George C. Marshall Foundation
VMI Parade, Lexington, Virginia

Reservations required by calling Leigh McFaddin at 540-463-7103, ext. 138 or by email to View the full invitation here.

Members will be admitted free; non-members will pay $15 at the door.

You are invited to see the new exhibition, “Give Them What They Need,” that will be on display in the Lower Gallery through December. The doors will open at 4:45 for those who wish to see the exhibition that opens that day.

Taking Care of the Troops is part of the Marshall Legacy Series and is being presented in partnership with Homes for our Troops and with sponsorship from L-3.