Home for Our Troops Project

Nicholas McCoy home in Boerne, TX
Army SSG Nicholas McCoy was on his second deployment in December 2006 when an IED blast near Iskandariyah, Iraq caused injuries so severe; it required the amputations of both of his legs. While on a dismounted patrol, an IED hidden in a pile of trash was detonated, injuring 5 soldiers and killing one instantly. Thrown into the air, SSG McCoy was left unconscious after the blast with a shattered right leg and broken hip, and severely injured left leg.

Transported to Landstuhl, Germany and then flown directly to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, SSG McCoy remained in a medically induced coma for nearly two months. Unfortunately the Heparin that was administered to help save his life nearly killed him. SSG McCoy suffered a rare complication of Heparin use, Heparin Induced Thrombosis, which caused a life threatening skin necrosis, causing chemical-like burns over 45% of his body and leaving him with nerve damage as well. Treated as an in-patient for 7 months, SSG McCoy endured surgeries and therapies to help in his recovery. He continues to be seen as an outpatient at this time.

A native of Reading, PA, Nick is happy to be calling Texas his home now. He enjoys hand cycling, quad-rugby, working on cars, and hunting and fishing; anything that keep s him active and outdoors. Nick’s goal is to return to school to obtain a degree in Occupational Therapy so that he can become a Physical or Recreational Therapist.

When asked if there was anything he would like to say to those who will make this specially adapted home possible SSG McCoy expressed his appreciation and asks that we always remember that the real heroes are those who did not make it home. He says, "Living in a Homes for Our Troops specially adapted home will allow me to live a comfortable life in my own home... something I was not always sure would be possible."

Paul Swoyer Septics was proud to be a part of making Nick's new home a reality by donating and installing the septic system for the project.

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Key Ceremony --- 11-11-11 (click image to enlarge)