Caleb Brewer of Tuscon, Arizona, was a fine military sergeant until a horrific explosion led to him losing both of his legs. However, the amputee veteran took it in his stride and made things work for him. His hard work didn’t go unnoticed, as none other than actor Gary Sinise saw his efforts, and looked to reward him.
Brewer enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Sergeant 1st Class in 2005. Seven years later he was in a position to join the Green Berets, and over the following three years he was deployed in Afghanistan.
However, on his 31st birthday, Brewer stepped on an IED, an Improvised Explosive Device. He experienced life-threatening and ultimately life-changing injuries. Robin Rand, retired General and CEO of the Gary Sinise Foundation reported on his condition. He said that Brewer would lose both of his legs due to serious infections, blood clotting and blood loss. The Sergeant had also sustained a traumatic brain injury.
However, Brewer was down but not out. He made great progress with his rehabilitation and was walking on his prosthetics after four months. He even developed a special workout room in his house to maintain his fitness and physical therapy.
But he didn’t stop there. He began to help other disabled men and women as a trainer so that they can achieve similar levels of rehabilitation and independence. The amputee veteran is helping others in similar situations without a thought for himself.
A Helping Hand
However, news reached Gary Sinise, who did think of Brewer. Sinise is famous for playing the role of double amputee Lieutenant Dan in Tom Hanks classic “Forrest Gump”, but his work for veterans began long before that. Sinise’s passion and charitable support started in the 1970s and undoubtedly informed his role, rather than the other way around.
He encouraged Brewer to apply for RISE, his foundation’s way of Restoring Independence and Supporting Empowerment for veterans.
His application was quickly accepted, and he moved into a brand new house fitted with aids to help him in his daily life. Cabinets pull down, the oven is at chest level, many tiny things that help him out. He now lives there with his wife, Ashley and their two daughters.
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