Corporal Tyler Southern Tyler was on his second deployment to Afghanistan in 2010 when he lost both of his legs above the knees and his right arm above the elbow after stepping on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). The Semper Fi fund offered Tyler family support grants when he was first hospitalized so that his family could remain by his side during recovery.
Tyler retired from Active duty on September 21, 2012 in front of a large crowd of family, friends, and fellow Marines at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps who was in Afghanistan with Tyler was also in attendance.
Tyler and his wife Ashley moved home to Florida and are living in St. Augustine. Tyler accepted a job as the southeast representative for Wounded Wear. He is settling into his home and transitioning back into civilian life. He recently picked up his van after it had been in the shop for a month getting fitted with hand controls. For the first time since his injury, Tyler was able to drive himself in his own vehicle. No more need to ask someone to drive him to the store!
The Semper Fi Fund recently assisted with the cost of construction for a pool that he uses for therapy, as well as provided a vehicle grant towards the purchase of his specially-adapted Dodge Ram. Thanks to the truck's special modifications and off-road capabilities, Tyler can now easily continue his hobbies of hunting and fishing. Other support included gas cards for multiple trips up and down I95 between his home in Florida and the hospital in Maryland, and a grant to help with expenses as he transitions out of the Marine Corps.
Thank you, Tyler, for your service and your sacrifice! The Semper Fi Fund is forever grateful to all of our nation's service members, and that is why we are dedicated to our crucial mission of "serving those who preserve our freedom."
Check out this special "thank you" video from Tyler: