Marine Capt. Patrick “PJ” Glavey was a month and a half into his first deployment when he lost both of his legs in an IED blast Oct. 28, 2010, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
While working on a routine clearing operation with the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team and members of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, Glavey stepped on an IED, resulting in the traumatic amputations of his right leg above the knee, his left leg below the knee, and one of his fingers. Medically evacuated by helicopter, Glavey was treated at the field hospital at Camp Dwyer before being transported to Landstuhl, Germany.
PJ arrived at Bethesda Naval Medical Center within days of his injuries and remained there for nearly eight months, enduring more than a dozen surgeries before being transferred to Balboa Naval Medical Center, where he received treatments and therapies.
Glavey now walks with the aid of artificial limbs. He enjoys spending time with his fiancée, Laura, and enjoys mono-skiing, swimming and writing.
On July 25, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office and Patriot Guard Riders escorted Glavey to the site of his new home, built with the help of Homes for Our Troops volunteers.
The home will be customized to accommodate Glavey’s physical condition, all done at no cost to Glavey.