Captain Anthony Simone, USAF - Joliet, Illinois
Capt. Anthony Simone has displayed a fearless dedication to our country and his fellow soldiers.
Anthony is a native of Jonestown, Penn., and graduate of Northern Lebanon High School. He attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida before joining the Air Force in 2005. Anthony deployed to Iraq twice, in 2008 and 2009, before deploying to Afghanistan in 2010.
In June 2010, Anthony was piloting a helicopter that was shot down in Afghanistan while he was attempting to land to rescue an injured service member. Before the crash, Anthony was able to steer the helicopter away from the prepared landing zone, saving lives on the ground. However, of the seven on board the helicopter, only Simone and one other soldier survived.
Anthony suffered head trauma and burns and was in a coma for six weeks. He has since undergone several surgeries and has had to receive physical and speech therapy to relearn to walk and talk. Anthony’s recovery process has taken him across the country to Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas; the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa, Fla.; the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.; the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago; and the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in
Hines, Ill., where he continues to receive treatment.
Anthony, his wife Andrea and their two children are now settled in Joliet, Ill., Andrea’s hometown. Anthony enjoys spending time with his children and being an active member of the local VFW and American Legion. The High Five Tour 2014 is raising funds to build a “smart home” for Anthony and his family. Simone’s “smart home” will be designed to improve his everyday quality of life and give him a renewed sense of independence.
“As a soldier, Capt. Anthony Simone has shown that he would stop at nothing to protect our county’s freedom,” said Col. John Folsom, USMCR (Ret.), founder and president of Wounded Warriors Family Support. “As a nation, we should stop at nothing to show our support and appreciation to Simone and his family. We are proud to build a ‘smart home’ where Simone can continue to live life without barriers.”Previous Page