The Texas Sentinels Foundation had a banner year in 2009 with the introduction of three Texas Sentinels in Houston, San Antonio and Dallas/Fort Worth. Now we want to keep that momentum going in Victoria! With the help of the Victoria Texas Sentinel Team headed by Veronica McCants and Sarah Korczynski and our good friends at BABASOT (Bay Area Builders Association Support Our Troops), we’ve found another worthy candidate in whose life the Texas Sentinels Foundation can make a profound difference. Our candidate for the Victoria Texas Sentinel is Retired Marine Lance Corporal Justin Rokohl.
At just 23 years old, Justin has seen and experienced more than most will in a lifetime. Born February 9, 1987, in El Campo, Texas, Justin grew up in Orange Grove Texas and graduated from high school in 2005. While in school, Justin participated in football, track, cross country and power lifting. Justin joined the Marines, October 10, 2005, deployed to Iraq 2006-2007, Afghanistan in 2008. In June of that year, Justin sustained massive injuries after an attack and explosion that launched him 90 feet in the air. He suffered a broken back, broken hip, fractured tibia and fibulas, two broken femurs, and damage to both legs that could not be repaired or corrected. Due to the severity of damage to the lower legs his left leg has been amputated at the knee, the right leg was amputated below the knee.
Thanks to competent physicians, countless surgeries and months of rehabilitation today Justin is able to walk with the use of prosthetics. He works a fulltime job in the oil industry, drives a specially modified vehicle and even takes part in cowboy team roping. He is also the recipient of 11 different medals and ribbons from the United States military, including the Purple Heart.
With such a story, we feel that Justin is a perfect candidate to receive the Texas Sentinels Foundation life scholarship. The life scholarship consists of a new home along with four years of financial support through mortgage and tax amnesty as well as healthcare and funds for his continued education. We know the city of Victoria supports its citizens who give so much in service to our nation, and we’re looking for that same support now.
We’ll be introducing Justin to the Victoria community on June 10, 2010 at the First English Lutheran Church and drumming up local support for our new Texas Sentinel. Please come meet this American Hero and help him achieve the American Dream for which they have sacrificed so much.
To make a donation to the Texas Sentinels Victoria Team, visit our Donation Page.