Photo courtesy Wounded Warriors Family Support:  Eatonville’s Samuel Shockley was awarded a $30,000 Mobility is Freedom vehicle grant from Wounded Warriors Family Support to help him purchase a 2022 Subaru Outback.
Photo courtesy Wounded Warriors Family Support: Eatonville’s Samuel Shockley was awarded a $30,000 Mobility is Freedom vehicle grant from Wounded Warriors Family Support to help him purchase a 2022 Subaru Outback.

Warriors Family Support awarded Samuel Shockley of Eatonville with a $30,000 Mobility is Freedom vehicle grant to assist him with the purchase of a 2022 Subaru Outback.

Shockley was on a dismounted route clearance mission in Panjwai, Afghanistan, with the 38th Engineering Company on March 17, 2013, when he triggered an improvised explosive device. Shockley recalls looking at where his legs should have been, but they were gone.

As a fellow Army soldier started to apply tourniquets and prepared him for MEDEVAC, Shockley – a naturally vibrant person – cracked jokes to ease the concerns of his comrades.

The blast resulted in the loss of both his legs above the knee, the amputation of part of Shockley’s middle and ring fingers, the loss of part of his arm and a broken wrist. Despite these injuries, Shockley does not see this as a stopping point, but a second chance at life.

Shockley received a bachelor’s degree in Operations Management from The Ohio State University. He is pursuing a master’s degree in Business Administration at Washington State University. Shockley also hopes to obtain his pilot license.

“There are tremendous unmet needs and gaps in finances, basic to every family that has a wounded service member,” said Martin Duarte, Wounded Warriors Family Support’s program outreach coordinator. “Wounded Warriors Family Support helps to close that gap and meet those needs.”

Wounded Warriors Family Support launched Mobility is Freedom in 2015 to provide grants and modified vehicles for combat-wounded veterans. Shockley received the third Mobility is Freedom vehicle grant in 2022.