Gary Sinise Foundation


Mark Litynski


USMC Cpl Mark Litynski grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis. He always wanted to be in the Marines and enlisted during his second year of college, serving two deployments in Afghanistan. On November 19, 2010, he volunteered as point man on a foot patrol. As he marked the path for his fellow Marines, Mark triggered an improvised explosive device (IED). He instantly lost both of his legs and later his left arm.

Mark’s thoughts went immediately to his wife Heather and his family. He knew he would need to stay positive and determined for them. A nurse herself, Heather remained by his side and provided inspiration throughout his recovery. Just two months after his injury, Mark was walking on his first set of prosthetics.

Mark and Heather now happily reside in their new custom specially adapted smart home in Duluth, MN. At their home dedication, Heather told the crowd, “Thank you for supporting us. We’re home!” In October 2015, The Litynskis proudly welcomed their first child, Wyatt, into the world.