On September 11, the Texas Sentinels Foundation in conjunction with Bank of America presented a debt-free, mortgage-free home in Pearland to Staff Sergeant Michael Craven, who was severely wounded in Iraq in 2011 while stationed at Ft. Hood.
While escorting a supply convoy his unit came under heavy enemy fire and his vehicle was hit by a triple array EFP (Explosively Formed Penetrating) device. SSG Craven and his entire crew were severely injured from the blast. SSG Craven received severe wounds to his back, spine, internal organs and head resulting in Traumatic Brain Injury, temporary paralysis, nerve, spine and disc damage. He is able to walk today as a result of multiple surgeries that encased his spine and vertebrae in a metal cage complete with steel rods and pins to allow movement. His recovery will be an ongoing and daily process.
Michael and his service dog Bane are excited to start a new chapter of their lives in Pearland. His immediate goals are to attend college and acquire his real estate license.
The Pearland home is one of six projects in behalf of severely wounded warriors the Foundation has undertaken this year. Additional Sentinels home projects are underway in North Dallas, Cypress, Abilene, Jacinto City/Galena Park, and Trophy Club, as community-minded RE/MAX offices and agents galvanize their associates in the development and homebuilding industries around a great cause.
Numerous fundraisers are supporting these activities, including the January 23/24 Lock & Load Tournament shoot at Westside Sporting Clays near Katy.