Our partnership with Furnishing Hope has not only allowed us to help veterans heal at home, it has introduced us to wounded heroes with deeply inspiring stories. We’re sharing their tales of personal challenges and triumphs in our Furnishing Hope blog post series, so you can learn more about these courageous individuals and the lives they’re leading now.
What follows is an account of Purple Heart recipient, Sgt. Povas Miknaitis’ experiences before and after Furnishing Hope designed a dream home for him.
When asked what it means to have his home furnished by Furnishing Hope, Sgt. Povas Miknaitis said:
"Since this is my first home, and a home that I hope to one day raise children in, I am so blessed to have Furnishing Hope help make my new house a real home."
“Since this is my first home, and a home that I hope to one day raise children in, I am so blessed to have Furnishing Hope help make my new house a real home.”
In 2006, while moving into a building, an IED detonated and injured Sgt. Miknaitis and his team. He ignored his wounds and tended to his team in order to stabilize them. Medevac took 2 hours to get into position, so the fact that he and the corpsman were able to keep his team alive was nothing short of a miracle. Once Medevac arrived at their position, Sgt. Miknaitis carried one of his teammates, who had lost both of his legs, to the vehicle. Only then did the rescuing party realize that Sgt. Miknaitis had received a serious head wound, which resulted in the removal of his ear and one-third of his mouth.