Marine Corporal Neil Frustaglio
Marine Corporal Neil Frustaglio was left severely burned and a double amputee after two IED explosions in Ar Ramadi, Iraq in December 2005. Returning from a routine mounted combat operations patrol, Cpl Frustaglio, the vehicle commander, was quick to ready his team to assist the casualties of an IED blast that occurred in the vehicle behind his HUMVEE, ordering his team to secure the area and assist the wounded. When a second IED detonated, Cpl Frustaglio was thrown face down into the dirt with diesel fuel igniting into flames all around him.

Unable to feel anything from the waist down, Cpl Frustaglio began dragging himself toward the Quick Reaction Force team, pulling up to aid the victims. His last memory before waking in Germany is that of his body giving out, his vision failing, being carried by a friend and hearing him say everything would be alright. Airlifted first to Baghdad, Ballad and then Landstuhl, Germany, Cpl Frustaglio arrived at Bethesda Naval Hospital, and finally to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, spending more than a year recovering from his injuries.

Cpl Frustaglio enjoys spending time with his wife Pam and their 2 year old son, Dillinger and new baby Duncan, born on March 1, 2010. Neil enjoys hunting, fishing, competitive shooting, hand-cycling, and riding his ATV. He also enjoys reading and listening to music and is on the Board of Directors for M1 for Vets as well as a member of the DAV and a VFW life member.

Cpl Frustaglio would like to thank all those who are helping to make his Homes for Our Troops home a reality and wants them to know that the ability to move around his home without worrying about accessibility will be amazing. When asked what he would say to those who volunteer he shared the following: "Taking care of our nation’s wounded veterans is one of the most patriotic things you can do. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
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