Help Build a 100% Handicapped-Accessible Forever Home
Aaron Causey is a native son of Alabama and a true patriot. After completing three years of college, where he pursued a math and physics major, Aaron felt the calling to serve our country. In 2000, Aaron enlisted in the Air Force and was trained as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician. He reported to duty at Aviano, Italy just a week after 9-11. After serving five years in the Air Force, including a combat tour in Iraq in 2003-2004, he transferred his service to the Army. From Fort Stewart, GA, he deployed to Iraq for fifteen months, spanning 2006-2008. He next served two years in Mannheim, Germany, participating in many humanitarian aide, training, and VIP missions. In 2010, shortly after marrying his wife Kat, he reported to Fort Drum, New York. He deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan with 760th EOD in March 2011 for what was to be a year-long tour.
On September 7, 2011 Aaron and his team responded to a report of a suspected IED (improvised explosive device). After determining that the initial device was a hoax, he proceeded to search for the actual IED, when he stepped on one. The injuries from this blast resulted in double above-knee amputations, several amputated fingers, limited hand dexterity, extensive tissue and muscle loss to his left and right arms, and extensive soft tissue wounds to his upper body resulting in skin grafts, a genital injury, and a traumatic brain injury.
After numerous surgeries spanning over two years, Aaron retired as a Sergeant First Class with nearly thirteen years of service as an EOD technician in two branches of military.
Shortly after his retirement, Aaron and Kat welcomed their “miracle baby” Alexandra Jayne in January 2014. Later that year, they returned to their home state of Alabama, where they are building their accessible forever home in Riverside, a short drive from their immediate and extended families.
Aaron and Kat have both become advocates in the veteran community, speaking on intimacy and fertility issues after injury. Aaron spoke with his urologist, Dr. Robert Dean, at a medical conference in November 2015 to resounding success and response. Kat is currently serving as the Alabama Fellow for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and was featured in the Lifetime special, “Women of Honor.” They hope that their efforts will help change current military and veteran policies so that no service member has to question his or her ability to further grow a family again, as they have.
With your help, we were able to build a handicap accessible home for Aaron and his family. We also had a custom “Pirate ship” built in the back yard with a wheelchair ramp, so that Aaron never misses a beat with his little girl.