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Wounded soldier to get his home

Published July 21. 2011 05:01PM

Severely injured by gunshots he sustained while in the line of fire, he valiantly used his body as a wall to shield shots from a wounded soldier.

It's only just, then, that a nationwide organization converges to build a barrier-free home for injured veteran SPC Robert J. Kislow III of New Tripoli.

This weekend, Homes For Our Troops will be at the site to construct the exterior of the home, located at 3011 Delps Road, Danielsville.

To commemorate the occasion, Kislow will be escorted by fire trucks and motorcycles to the site for opening ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Upon his arrival, there will be a short ceremony, along with the national anthem, as well as the blessing of the site and raising of the first wall.

A team of 75-100 volunteers and local contractors expect to construct the exterior of the house by noon on Sunday.

Kislow, as well as volunteers and representatives from Homes For Our Troops, will be on hand throughout the weekend for interviews and photo opportunities.

CAT Country 96 has teamed up with Homes For Our Troops of Bethlehem to build the home for Kislow, who sustained a traumatic brain injury and lost his right leg after an attack in his first deployment to Afghanistan in June of 2005.

Kislow was only two months into his first deployment when he was shot five times, which caused Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and required the amputation of his right leg.

While on combat patrols in Afghanistan near the Pakistan border, Kislow's team was on a mission to search out aggressive Taliban forces in the mountainous area when they were attacked by a large group of Taliban fighters.

Kislow's bullet proof vest may very well have saved his life, as the two shots that hit it did no damage. However, his Kevlar helmet was punctured by a bullet, which left him with TBI.

Despite being injured, Kislow took over the forward marksman position for a wounded teammate and continued fighting until a medic arrived and carried him to the top of the mountain, where he was airlifted to the nearest Forward Operating Base.

Later airlifted to Landstuhl, Germany and finally to Walter Reed, Kislow spent 29 months enduring surgeries and therapies as he was recuperating.

Presently enrolled in his third year of college, Kislow continues to receive treatments through his local VA Hospital.

An avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, and golf, Kislow is interested in auto racing and repair, and has already completed automotive and business finance courses.

A member of the VFW, Wounded Warriors, and Notre Dame Church, Kislow hopes to one day organize sporting trips for injured veterans.

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