In July of 2012, a fledgling non-profit called "Spirit of a Hero" organized a fund raising motorcycle ride in DFW to raise money for quadruple amputee Sgt. Travis Mills. That initial ride drew hundreds of riders, more than anybody expected and launched a wider effort to help more wounded warriors.
Thanks to "Spirit of a Hero" and all who support it, Sgt. Jordan Folmar, who lost both legs to an IED will be coming home soon to a house customized just for him.
Work began Monday on transforming his parent's home in Garland. "We're looking at spending about five to six weeks on this project," said Mike Scarlett who is the contractor. Scarlett and several sub-contractors are donating their time and much of the material, putting in wider doors, hand rails and ramps, lower counters. The items are designed to get the house ready for a soldier who's ready to come home.
"Hopefully as soon as possible," said Sgt. Jordan Folmar by Skype from Walter Reed near Washington where he's now outfitted with prosthetic legs. He's anxious to return to civilian life. "I'm very anxious. I keep telling everybody here they need to get me out of here. I'm ready to go home," said Sgt. Folmar. He wants to finish a degree in criminal justice. "My dream job would be a game warden. I like being outdoors. I like hunting and fishing so that would be a perfect match for me," he said.
The renovation on Jordan's parent's house was made possible by Spirit of a Hero. It's last fundraising motorcycle ride in April featured Jordan and the group's first Spirit of a Hero recipient Sgt. Travis Mills. Both soldiers lost limbs to IED's in Afghanistan.
A couple of weeks ago, founder Rick Turner was invited to Travis Mills hometown in Michigan where a local company raised thousands of dollars for Spirit of a Hero. "They wanted to do something for someone that has helped their hometown hero, Travis Mills. They made a very significant donation kind of paving the way for next year's candidate in a pay it forward kind of way," said Rick Turner with Spirit of a Hero.
Jordan Folmar hopes to be out of the service and home by early next year. His house will be ready.
"He's very good on his prosthetics," said Rick Turner. "(But) at times, especially in the comfort of his own home he's going to be in his wheelchair. It's important for them to be comfortable in their home, once they get home. And it's important to us, as Spirit of a Hero."
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