Cpl (Ret.) Michael Egan, USMC
Michael graduated from Klein High School in Spring, TX, where he participated in football, swim team, and photography. He spent two years pursuing collegiate studies before joining the United States Marine Corps (USMC).
Egan arrived in Afghanistan on January 11, 2012, and served as a squad leader of 11 Marines and 1 medical Corpsman. He states that he made it his personal goal “that all twelve of my men would come home safe, even if it meant I didn’t.”
Michael was injured while on a patrol to clear out compounds in an area that would be his unit’s extraction via helicopter point the following day. There were many alleyways between the compounds, which made his squad vulnerable to attack by improvised explosive devices (IED’s). While leading his squad from the front, he was struck by and IED. Egan faded in and out of consciousness while his men applied tourniquets and medically evacuated to Germany, where he finally awoke three days later.
After treatment at Walter Reed National Army Medical Center for three weeks, Egan was transferred to Brooke Armey Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio, TX. Michael lost both of his legs, above the knee, as a result of the IED blast and medically retired from the USMC in November 2013. He is looking forward to beginning the next chapter of his life by moving into his new specialized, adapted Helping a Hero home in San Antonio, TX.
Helping a Hero assembled an amazing team to build a wheelchair-accessible 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home specially tailored to Michael’s needs. Special thanks to Stillwater Ranch for the lot in their gorgeous master-planned community. Thank you to Chesmar Homes, who built Egan’s home with special features such as wide doors, a roll-in shower, and a roll-under sink that allow Michael to remain very independent.