Confirmed: HFOT Key Award for Christopher Livesay, Retired US Army (94-21) 12 JUN 21

When:
June 12, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
2021-06-12T09:00:00-05:00
2021-06-12T11:00:00-05:00
HOME FOR OUR TROOPS (HFOT’S) KEY AWARD CEREMONY

The presence and participation of the San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders has been requested to take part in this joyous event.  We have been asked to ride a procession and stand a Flag Line for the veteran and family to participate in a “Key Awarding Ceremony” presented by Homes For Our Troops (HFOT).  This ceremony will be the final presentation of a specially adapted mortgage free home for Army SFC Christopher Livesay and his Family.

Coming from a long line of family members who served, Christopher Livesay enlisted in the military at the age of 17 in 1990. He served with the 7th Special Forces Group for four years then took a one-year break from the Army. When he rejoined in 1996, he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and immediately volunteered for Special Forces Assessment and Selection. After being selected to train as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant, he was assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group. One month after the September 11 attacks, Sergeant First Class Livesay deployed with the 5th Special Forces Group as one of the first troops to enter Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. After that tour, he deployed again in 2003 with the same unit to Iraq.

On April 7, 2003, during his second deployment, Sergeant First Class Livesay was shot in the left knee while serving with the 5th Special Forces Group. His injury was sustained during a prolonged and intense firefight to recover 3rd Infantry Division Soldiers pinned down during the push into Baghdad. He underwent several surgeries to save his leg in Iraq and during his transport to the United States. Immediately upon his arrival to Walter Reed Medical Center, doctors performed an emergency amputation to his left leg to save his life from a bacterial infection in his wound that caused septic shock.

Christopher’s injury did not diminish his patriotic spirit nor his determination to serve his country. He spent months doing rigorous physical therapy on his own to get back in shape. Two months after receiving his first prosthetic, he returned to active Airborne status jumping from planes and shortly thereafter became the first amputee to graduate from the Army’s Pathfinder school. He was also named the 2005 U.S. Army Special Operations Command Special Forces Medic of the Year. In 2010, he was assigned to the Army’s World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) in the sport of rowing. He was later assigned to the Warrior Transition Unit in Fort Sill, Okla., before retiring in 2014.

After his injury, Christopher met and married the love of his life, Catherine, and they now have two young children. Christopher loves cooking for his family but the task is challenging in his current home because the kitchen is not wheelchair accessible. Christopher is forced to stand on his prosthetic when preparing food, which is often painful for him. Additionally, Christopher experiences safety risks daily in his home, especially in the bathroom where he has hurt himself trying to hop on one leg into the shower. Christopher has become increasingly discouraged coping with these challenges for the past 16 years. He was relieved to learn Homes For Our Troops will be building him a specially adapted custom home, where he will be able to rest his legs and recover. “I cannot wait to spend less time worrying about life and more time enjoying my family and doing things I love such as hunting, fishing, and volunteering,” he says.

Christopher is also looking forward to the financial freedom the home will bring. Once they have settled in the home, he hopes Catherine will be able to finish her degree, which she put off to focus on raising their family. Christopher would also like to return to school and learn new skills to support his family. A specially adapted custom home will also afford Christopher and Catherine the ideal environment to live their goal of homeschooling their children.

Originally from Texas, Christopher is choosing to remain in the state and build his home there.

Christopher considers HFOT and its donors and supporters to be a blessing. “What you give is not just a home but the hope and freedom necessary for us to move forward with our new lives. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts.”

WEATHER:  Hi 88 / Lo 71, 0% Chance of Rain, 70% Humidity, Wind: 9 mph SE

REQUESTOR: Shaquanta Bailey, Community Outreach Coordinator

STAGING:  9:00 am, Saturday, June 12, 2021
Rockwell Ranch
Fels Mauer Blvd & FM1863
** Across the street from:
28003 Indian Path
New Braunfels, Texas 78132
https://goo.gl/maps/2cgxq6f6cnL82kuw5

BRIEFING:  9:15 am

KSU: 9:50  (Semper Gumby)

CEREMONY:  Arrive NLT: 10:00 am
9707 Kopplin Road
New Braunfels, TX 78132
https://goo.gl/maps/2zUC8h8jGTHeyXCJ9

RC:    Michael “Twin Tower” Roberts
mbnroberts@me.com

FC:    Rich “Pach” Pachecano
rich@pachecano.net

ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS

1. Iron horses if you can, cages are always welcome and appreciated and unless under special circumstances not allowed in processions. You do not have to have a motorcycle to participate in honoring our veterans.

2. Safety First: Please remember to properly hydrate (including the night before) before any outdoor activity and to dress appropriately. Do not hesitate to take a break at any time if you feel you need to get in the shade or get indoors and always ask for help at any time. Also please do not forget your sun screen.

3. Please remember that our mission is to stand tall and silent, and with honor and. NO TALKING, SMOKING, CHEWING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS, OR CELL PHONE USE IN THE FLAG LINE!

 ***Safety Notice***
Before volunteering and/or attending any San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders missions we encourage you to review all safety information below.  Included are some potential safety concerns to be aware of, however this does not include the full scope of all potential hazards.  Anyone attending any San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders mission understands that they do so at their own risk. Neither the Patriot Guard Riders Organization nor its representatives are liable for any damages incurred on any PGR mission or event.
Funeral Processions/Escorts
EVERY RIDER IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for their own safety at all times while riding in a funeral procession.

At NO TIME are any riders authorized to block any intersection or otherwise block or impede traffic laws in any way.  Only Law Enforcement officials are authorized to block and/or impeded the lawful flow of traffic.

If you choose to fly a flag on your bike you are SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for ensuring it is secured and not a danger to any other rider or traffic.

Warm Regards,
Bob “Pizza Man” Johnson
Deputy State Captain
San Antonio Patriot Guard
Honor, Dignity, Respect
Cell: (562) 413-2223
bobtxpgr@gmail.com