Technical Sergeant Joe Deslauriers, U.S. Air Force
May 30, 2012 02:05 pm
TSgt Joe Deslauriers joined the United States Air Force after graduating from Bellingham High School in Bellingham, MA. On September 23, 2011, Joe was part of a convoy that was in charge of clearing homemade bombs when he lost his legs and part of an arm after a bomb exploded. He had already served one tour in Kuwait, one tour in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan, and had earned the Bronze Star for his actions.
Today, Joe is well on his way to recovery.
On November 13, 2010, he married his wife Lisa, and the couple celebrated the birth of their first child, Cameron, on December 8, 2011. The Deslauriers family lives near Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, where Joe continues his rehabilitation.
Within days of arriving at Walter Reed, a Fund representative met the Deslauriers family and offered financial assistance. Grants for family support were given to Lisa, Joe’s sister and his mother-in-law to assist with loss of income and travel, as well as a modified rental van so Joe could ride to and from appointments.
In February 2012, Joe began driving a modified van on his own with hand controls. Soon after, the couple made their first trip away from the hospital and drove down to Florida for some time together as a family.