“Paralyzed” Veteran Caught Walking After Being Given a Free Home

A national non-profit that built a specially-adapted house for a wounded Army veteran is now ‘weighing its options’ after contrasting stories have emerged regarding the severity of the soldier’s injuries.

 

 

Army Specialist Justin Perez-Gorda suffered a traumatic brain injury while serving in Afghanistan in January 2011.

For years, he and his wife claimed publicly he was paralyzed from the belly button down.

 

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“He has permanent loss of use of both lower extremities. He’s paralyzed from the belly button down,” Josephine Perez-Gorda said during a taped video segment later used by Homes for Our Troops for fundraising efforts.

However, weeks after the couple moved into a home in rural Hays County late 2013, videos and pictures surfaced showing Justin walking on the property.

 

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Residents of Dripping Springs who spoke with KENS 5 said the couple became angry and withdrawn when approached about Justin’s apparent recovery.

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