“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.




“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.




Residents of Dripping Springs who spoke with KENS 5 said the couple became angry and withdrawn when approached about Justin’s apparent recovery.

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