"Severely wounded United States Army Sergeant (retired) Johnny Wilson sustained severe injuries twice while serving in Iraq. Johnny was first injured in June 2004 when he was electrocuted by power lines while serving as squad leader on a Bradley fighting vehicle. He was sent home state-side to recover from his injuries. After his recovery Johnny requested to be re-deployed back to Iraq to serve once again with his unit. He arrived back in Iraq in December 2004.
In February of 2005 while on patrol Johnny and his platoon were attacked and hit with an IED in Taji, Iraq. Due to the attack, Johnny lost his left leg below the knee and also suffers from post traumatic stress disorder. Johnny was retired from the Army in April of 2006 and his family has lived in Mansfield, Texas, where he attends college full time and takes care of his three children and wife who suffered a severe brain stem stroke in May 2009"
- Texas Sentinals Foundation, www.texassentiels.org
Mike was enthusiastic and eager to become a part of this fantastic project to provide a home for Sergeant Wilson and his family. Working together with Sentinels Team Leader, Kristina Hayes of Re/Max Masters, Bay Area Builders Association Support Our Troops, WBAP News/Talk 820, Mike McKellop and Sierra Fine Custom Homes and a group of highly dedicated volunteers, Johnny's team put together several fundraisers to make his dream a reality. With the funds raised from community events like golf tournaments and bowl-a-thons, combined with Mike's strong community partnerships, Johnny's team was able to secure the building materials needed to build the beautiful stone and brick home for Sergeant Wilson. The Wilson family was surprised by the announcement that they will be receiving a custom made mortgage free home and the Texas Sentinels Foundation life scholarship that was made live on WBAP News/Talk 820 on December 17th.
(Click to view all of the wonderful partners who contributed to Sergeant Wilson's home.)
On February 2nd, 2011, Mike McKellop of Sierra Fine Custom Homes and founder of Man Cave, was able to participate in the presentation of the Wilson's home. Mike was honored by the Texas Sentinels Foundation and Senator Wendy Davis by receiving an American flag which was flown over the Texas State Capital in honor of his contributions to this project.