Joshua Hotaling was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. He graduated from Capital Christian High School and enlisted in the Marine Corps in April of 2006. He completed his boot camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. Joshua reenlisted on 9/11/2010 so he could deploy as a team leader with 1/5 to Afghanistan.
On 5/13/2011, while on foot patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan, Josh triggered an IED. The explosion severed both of his legs and caused major damage to his right hand. If not for the quick work of the Navy Corpsman and his squad, Joshua would have most certainly bled out. He was air lifted to a field hospital where his right thumb and part of his right index and middle fingers were amputated. Once stabilized, he was medevaced to Germany in preparation for his journey back to the United States. Joshua arrived at Walter Reed Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD shortly thereafter. While at Walter Reed, he underwent 17 surgeries on what was left of his legs and several more on his hand, as well as other wounds he sustained. After weeks at Bethesda he transferred to San Diego Naval Medical Center where he endured intense rehabilitation and physical therapy. Joshua now walks with prosthetics and is an active diver with hopes to be an instructor. Your donation will help this hero cover expenses for items that contribute to his independence and enhance his quality of life.
Thank You on behalf of, CPL Joshua Hotaling, USMC Ret.