USMC (ret) Sergeant Greg Caron of Ellington, Conn.
On November 12, 2011, the day after Veteran's Day, while on a foot patrol in Afghanistan, then-Corporal Caron entered an abandoned compound searching for a suspected terrorist and bomb maker. USMC Sgt. (ret) Greg Caron of Ellington, Conn., lost both his lower legs and suffered nerve damage in the booby-trapped IED explosion in Afghanistan. Following life-saving fileld medical care and quick transport to Germany, Greg was taken to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. There, he received extensive wound treatment, physical therapy and prosthetic training though the last several months of rehabilitation. Greg Caron is a graduate of Ellington High School, where he excelled as a varsity athlete in soccer and basketball. He and his wife are now adjusting to their lives in Connecticut. It is planned that the Sticks for Soldiers donation, together with that of several other non-profits, will help contribute to building a home for Greg and his family in Ellington.
US Army Captain Gregory Galeazzi of Glastonbury, Conn.
On May 26th, 2011 Cpt. Greg Galeazzi, an Army Ranger, was seriously wounded while conducting a dismounted patrol in Kandahar Province. The blast caused severe injuries to his legs, requiring above the knee amputations on both limbs, and his right arm was critically damaged. Greg is an Eagle Scout, graduate of Glastonbury High school, and a 2007 graduate of the Loyola University (Md.) AROTC program. Greg has been located at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX, where he continues his recovery and rehabilitation.