Heart Behind the House, Scott Family
Master Sergeant Blaine Scott, USMC was injured in Iraq on August 20, 2006. His vehicle was struck by an IED, severely burning his body. His wife Lilly received a phone call that Blaine had been injured.
“I didn’t know how bad it was. All I knew was Blaine was being evacuated from Iraq, stabilized in Germany, and then sent to San Antonio,” Lilly recalled. “I was still in California with our three-year-old daughter, and I left once Blaine was stable enough to arrive in San Antonio. Then I was on a plane, six months pregnant with our second child,” she continued.
Blaine and Lilly’s daughter, Isabella, stayed with Lilly’s parents while Lilly rushed to be by her husband’s side. Her first stop was to the Fisher House.
“Immediately I felt the warmth,” she said. “I felt that even though I was crying, I felt comfortable and safe.”
She saw Blaine a few hours later in the ICU burn ward, happy her husband was alive. For nearly 18 months, Blaine concentrated on his recovery, taking comfort that his wife was safe and a short walk away.
“Knowing that my wife was at the Fisher House and having what she had there, and people to talk to, made me not worry about her when she left for the day,” Blaine recalled. “I could concentrate on my recovery and getting back to where I am today.”
Once Blaine recovered enough to return to the fleet, he was deployed to Afghanistan. Once he returned, Blaine was stationed in San Antonio where he learned he would be taking care of wounded service members as their Staff Noncommissioned Officer in Charge at the San Antonio Military Medical Center Marine Corps Detachment.
In that position, one he held for several years before medically retiring in early 2015, Blaine looked after all the non-medical needs of his Marines. Blaine helped his Marines transition smoothly, while ensuring that their families were taken care of. His job frequently took him back to Fisher House, where several of his Marine families would stay.
“These families couldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the Fisher House – financially and emotionally,” he continued. “They have a home to come back to; somewhere to settle down, relax and get back to some normalcy for themselves. I thank the Fisher House for doing that not only for my family, but for the Marines I care for deeply as well.”