As of August 2010 4,638 brave soldiers lost their lives to the war on terrorism due to hostile fire. 32,226 soldiers were in hostile situations and survived with a wide variety of injuries. MSgt. Eden Pearl of the USMC is one of those soldiers that survived.
MSgt Eden Pearl has been a dedicated US Marine since 1993 where he became a Reconnaissance Marine, and Marine Special Operator. This position lead him to serve four combat tours in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.
On August 16, 2009 MSgt Pearl’s vehicle was struck by an IED that threw him 30 feet and was engulfed in flames. His injuries caused burns on 90% of his body and a traumatic brain injury.
Due to the severity of his injuries, both of his legs and one of his arms were amputated. It has been said that Eden is the most injured man to survive in the history of the United States Military.
Over the last two years Eden has spent time in various hospitals throughout the United States while he rehabilitates. This has impacted his wife, Alicia, and seven year old daughter, Averey, in more ways than any of us could ever truly understand.
In an effort to normalize their life while Eden recovers the Brothers In Arms Foundation has made a commitment to build the Pearl family a custom home in San Antonio, TX. Relocating the family to San Antonio will allow Eden access to the military burn center and VA polytrauma unit, one of the best treatment centers in the US.
The custom home will enable the Pearl family to live together comfortably. The assistance devices that Eden will need will be in place, yet the family can remain in the same dwelling.
The Brothers in Arms Foundation would like to preserve the family’s privacy therefore there will be no photo of Eden or press releases or Extreme Home Make Over shows. Those who participate will be included in the count on the brass plaque that will hang on the front of the home.