U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Randy Nantz joined the military shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, at the age of 33. He wanted to join and serve his country before he reached the maximum age limit for army enlisted recruits at 35.
A father of two young children at the time, Sgt. Nantz quickly rose through the ranks, becoming a member of the prestigious United States Army Special Forces, also known as the Green Berets, at age 39.
In 2006, his team was on a routine reconnaissance mission in Iraq when their Humvee was struck by an explosive device. Sgt. Nantz suffered third-degree burns throughout his body and nerve damage in both legs. His left leg would later be amputated.
He underwent surgery in Iraq, and was transported to the San Antonio Military Medical Center, where he spent 35 days in the ICU burn unit, and underwent additional surgeries, including the amputation.
Building Homes for Heroes, a national nonprofit organization that builds and modifies homes, and gifts them mortgage-free to wounded veterans and their families, will be building a home for Sgt. Nantz in Argyle, a city in Denton County with about 3,200 residents.