Cpl (Ret.) Eusebio Collazo
Cpl (Ret.) Eusebio Collazo grew up in Houston, TX. Service runs in the Collazo family, as Eusebio's father not only served in the Coast Guard, but also became a Fire Fighter with the Houston Fire Department.
Moved by the tragedies of September 11th, Collazo joined the US Marine Corps nn November of 2001. He served two tours of duty in Iraq, and was injured just one week before the conclusion of his second deployment. In January of 2005, Eusebio woke with a start to find himself and four other Marines being struck by mortar shrapnel. The attack left Collazo with a right cerebral concussion, open wound to his right hand, post-traumatic stress, and a wounded leg along with damage to his lungs, ribs, liver, and gallbladder. After recieving medical treatment in Maryland and Texas, he still contends with memory challenges and undergoes treatment leg pain.
At the time of his injury, Collazo's then-girlfriend, Karla, put her life on hold to be by his side. She made arrangements to travel with his family and be with him in the hospital. She has supported and inspired Eusebio throughout his rehabilitation journey. They are now married with two children and residing in their specially adapted Helping A Hero home.