SGT (Ret.) Daniel Cowart, USA

SGT (Ret.) Daniel Cowart, USA
U.S. Army
Santa Fe, Texas

SGT Dan Cowart played high school varsity football and ran track. In 1999, he responded to the call of duty and enlisted in the Army. On May 13, 2007, his team was performing vehicle searches when a suicide bomber detonated his vest and the blast took Dan’s left leg. 

In addition to losing his leg, SGT Cowart suffers from nerve damage to his right leg and hearing loss in both ears. After his injury, he had 20 surgeries over 18 months. Dan's wife, Sarah has been his anchor through it all. Two years ago, Dan suffered another setback when he got an infection in his leg, causing the loss of an additional 4 inches of his femur. Dan is forced to spend the majority of time in his wheelchair. He is determined to walk one day on a prosthetic so he can walk his 12 year old twin girls down the aisle for their wedding. 

Dan has a positive outlook on his future and is pursuing his college degree. Upon graduation, he wants to share his story and encourage other wounded warriors to press through the pain and challenges of recovery. His ultimate goal is to help them on their road to recovery as they transition to civilian life. 

Helping a Hero designed a beautiful 4 bedroom, 3 bath home that is fully wheelchair accessible. It has wider doors, wider hallways, a roll in shower, roll under sink and an adapted toilet area. Other safety features will help Dan be as independent as possible. At his Welcome Home, he celebrated his 10th Alive Day with family, friends and other patriotic Americans as Lee Greenwood sang "God Bless the USA" and a special flyover occured.