US Army SGT Brendan Marrocco was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. His lifelong interest in the military lead him to enlist in December 2007. While in Iraq, on April 12, 2009, during the early hours of Easter Sunday, Brendan was returning from a night mission when his armored vehicle triggered a roadside bomb. The explosion took both of Brendan’s arms and legs. He was left with shrapnel wounds in his left eye and severe burns on his neck and face. His left carotid artery was severed and his nose, left eye socket, and facial bones were all broken. Brendan was taken to Walter Reed National Medical Center for his recovery. He is the first U.S. soldier to survive quadruple amputation.
In December 2012, W.P. Andrew Lee, M.D. of John Hopkins Hospital performed their first bilateral arm transplant. The surgery included a team of 16 medical experts and lasted thirteen hours. Brendan currently lives in his custom specially adapted smart home in Staten Island, NY.
**Prior to the creation of the Building for America’s Bravest Program, this home was constructed by Building Homes For Heroes and Tunnel to Towers Foundation, supported by Gary Sinise with a donated Lt. Dan Band fundraising concert.