Houston, TX – February 20, 2012 – Retired Chief Warrant Officer Levi Rodgers, U.S. Army, is a new RE/MAX associate at RE/MAX North-San Antonio IV in Helotes who less than two years ago suffered severe injuries while serving in the Special Forces as a Green Beret.
An improvised explosive device injured Rodgers and killed other soldiers in the vehicle while on patrol during a combat operation in the Nimroz Province in Afghanistan on Sept. 15, 2009, and the resulting injuries found him recuperating at the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio for months afterward.
Rodgers told his story to his fellow RE/MAX associates from across Texas during the general session of the 35th Annual Statewide Convention on Jan. 28. He explained what happened to him and used a PowerPoint slide with images from Afghanistan to help tell his story. One slide listed the names of the soldiers who died in the explosion that injured Rodgers: SFC Brad Bohle, SFC Shawn McCloskey, SSG Joshua Mills and Interpreter Rasool.
“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t cry or wonder why I made it out alive and they didn’t,” Rodgers said.
In October, Rodgers officially retired from the U.S. Army and chose the RE/MAX North-San Antonio IV office to start his career in real estate, specializing in serving the veteran community. Previously, Rodgers was also a real estate investor.
“Since my affiliation with RE/MAX of Texas, I have been amazed at the generosity, genuine support, and care for our wounded military members and their families throughout the entire organization, from the bottom up to the top,” said Rodgers.
Rodgers has created a website, http://buyvetsa.com/, that he uses to market his new business and he donates a portion of his sales commission to the non-profit organization Homes Fit for Heroes.
Homes Fit for Heroes arranged for housing for his wife and two young boys while Rodgers was recovering during his hospital stay and recovery that included a two-month-long medically-induced coma following his injuries in Afghanistan.
Rodgers is also a proud supporter of Texas Sentinels Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by RE/MAX of Texas CEO Richard Filip to provide assistance to injured veterans. “This foundation is changing lives on a daily basis and I am proud to support the Texas Sentinels and their mission!” said Rodgers.
Rodgers says he supports TSF specifically “because of their displayed fiscal responsibility and adherence to their mission, which is to provide seriously wounded service members and their families a fresh start at life by supporting them with a mortgage free and ADA Capable house.”
Rodgers has a special message for TSF co-founders Richard and Jeanne Filip and TSF Executive Officer Susan Barlow:
“I would like to extend a special thanks on behalf of all of the Wounded Warrior Population to Mr. Richard Fillip, Mrs. Jeanne Filip, Mrs. Susan Barlow, and all of the supporters nationwide, both internally at RE/MAX of Texas and those external supporters as well … you all are truly are making a difference!”