Injured Veteran Receives Mortgage-Free Home From Gary Sinise Foundation

Jose Armenta with his family at their new house being built by the Gary Sinise Foundation

Photo: Screenshot from News19

Getting a new home is exciting for any family, but it has been particularly emotional for a man named Jose Armenta. The Marine Corps veteran lost both his legs during a tour in Afghanistan, and now, he’s being repaid for his service thanks to actor Gary Sinise’s charity. The Gary Sinise Foundation has gifted Armenta and his family a mortgage-free home. The construction is currently underway in Bonita, California, and the family of five couldn't be more excited and thankful.

Armenta served as a canine handler alongside a dog named Zenit. In 2011, he stepped on a pressure plate full of homemade explosives during a security patrol. The corporal woke up five days later in Germany to realize both his legs from just above the knees were gone.

“If we never give up, then we’ll never lose,” he positively stated. “And if we allow it, the worst day of our life may become the most defining day.” He retired from the Marine Corps in 2013, but continued to serve working as a police dispatcher on the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. Looking for purpose and finding inspiration in personal finance, he became a financial advisor dedicated to helping federal employees.

Still, some things had yet to fall into place. While he had added wheelchair ramps to his home, it wasn't fully accessible. “I am especially haunted by the memory of falling with my infant son,” he confesses. Although the baby was not injured, he feared he could not properly take care of his children. “Being a husband and father is the most important thing to me.”

Now, the Gary Sinise Foundation has given him a mortgage-free smart home fully adapted to his needs. “He can have extra hallways that are very large, big kitchen, lowered, so with his prosthetics he can move around very quickly, if he needs to,” says Gib Bosworth, a vice president at the Gary Sinise Foundation. “The bathroom is very large, he’s got a bench in the shower.”

The home will be finished in November, and it’ll be the 89th one built by the foundation. To celebrate, friends and family gathered at the construction site and left inspiring messages for the family on the studs and wall panels before the installation of the drywall.

“I firmly believe that with every tragedy comes an opportunity to grow into a stronger, wiser version of yourself,” Armeta said. “I want to be a role model to my children so they, too, will work hard to overcome obstacles that come their way.”

After his iconic role as Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump, actor Gary Sinise started the Gary Sinise Foundation. Countless veterans are aided through his nonprofit organization.


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Just recently, a veteran named Jose Armenta, who lost both his legs in Afghanistan, has been gifted a fully accessible smart home that is also mortgage-free from the foundation.

The 2,900-square-foot home is currently under construction and Gary Sinise even left a message for the family on the wall panels.

Gary Sinise's message to the Armenta family written on the foundation of their new home being built

“To my pals the Armenta Family
The messages contained within these walls are written to fill your new home with the love and appreciation of a grateful nation. It is a blessing to know you and an honor to support the building of your new home. Please enjoy this gift of thanks from the Gary Sinise Foundation and our many grateful supporters for all you have done in service to our country. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. God Bless you.
You pal, Gary Sinise
(Photo: Screenshot from News19)

Watch the Armenta family as they excitedly see their new home to come at a special ceremony:

Gary Sinise Foundation: Website | Facebook | Instagram
Jose Armenta: Instagram

h/t: [WLTX19]

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Regina Sienra

Regina Sienra is a Staff Writer at My Modern Met. Based in Mexico City, Mexico, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications with specialization in Journalism from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She has 10+ years’ experience in Digital Media, writing for outlets in both English and Spanish. Her love for the creative arts—especially music and film—drives her forward every day.
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