Greetings! My name is Derrick Sharpe. I was born and raised in the mountains of Pennsylvania. I had less than an ideal childhood growing up, but I knew I wanted to make something of myself. Being the oldest son in the family, I felt as though I had to be the role model, the protector and the provider. As a result, in 2005 upon high school graduation, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. The Marine Corps was the perfect branch to sharpen my rough edges for good use. The Corps’ values of honor, courage, and commitment resonated deep within my soul. I yearned to be a part of one of America’s most elite fighting forces.
In 2006 I was deployed to Iraq with the 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines. Sadly, the deployment was short lived as I was severely injured on Sept 23rd, 2006 while on a foot patrol, after stepping on an IED (improvised explosive device). As my abdomen laid open spread across the sand, I faded in and out of consciousness not knowing if I was going to die. I spent four years in the hospital fighting to stay alive. I lost my right leg, shattered my back and hips and had shrapnel throughout my body. I also, suffered a traumatic brain injury that required extensive treatments. I had many surgeries and endured a lot of physical, occupational and speech therapy sessions. I was broken mentally and physically. I went from being on top of the world, in the best shape of my life, to now fighting for my life. I couldn’t handle being in a wheelchair, having a colostomy bag and needing help to do everything, literally everything, to include sitting up in bed, eating, and bathing. I was devastated. My life drastically changed in a single moment.
When I returned home, I didn’t know how to cope. I didn’t fully realize how the extent of my brain injury and physical limitations were going to impact my life. Like most combat veterans I fell into a deep hole of darkness letting my demons get the best of me. To say the least, I was no longer a productive member of society.
After years of struggling with my tumultuous life post injury, I decided to make a drastic change. I moved to Durham, NC to restart my life. Here I fully surrendered my life to God and in faith gave all my hopes and dreams to him. Soon after, I met my beautiful wife Cara. She is truly a blessing as she is not only my best friend, but my sole caregiver. She pushes me to be the best man I can be. She helped me discover my new passion for computers and as a result, I recently graduated sum a cum laude from ECPI University where I earned an Associates & a Bachelor’s degree in cyber security. I’m living proof that with God anything is possible! I no longer let my injuries define me but push past obstacles to strengthen me.
I have always been independent and used to helping others, so it is difficult for me to ask for help, but at this time in my life, I need to rely on the generosity of others. I have faith that our prayers will be answered, Any donation, large or small is deeply appreciated. If you can’t donate, we would simply appreciate your prayers and to pass this on however you can to who ever you can.
Please view the attached video to learn more about me, Homes For Our Troops and why a new home is so important to us. With your help, I can support myself and my family, and give back by working as a Cyber Security Specialist. For more about me please feel free to check out: "econnect.ecpi.edu/2020/05/raleigh-student-inspires-others-by-example" also: " https://www.samaritanspurse.org/article/military-couples-strengthened-by-god-in-faith-and-marriage/"
Best- Derrick L. Sharpe NCO USMC Ret.