About Josh Hoffman
Josh Hoffman grew up in Wayland, Michigan and joined the Marine Reserves in 2002, hoping to earn money for college to become a pilot. In 2006, he was sent to the Anbar Provence in Fallujah, Iraq. In 2007, Corporal Hoffman was hit by a sniper’s bullet as he chased a suspected terrorist. The bullet entered his neck and exited his shoulder blade, shattering his upper spine and leaving him a quadriplegic.
Josh spent the next 20 months away from his home, his friends, and his family in treatment and recovery. He has had pneumonia multiple times, urinary tract infections, and complete kidney failure. He almost died two times in the hospital from a spiked fever of 108 and nearly chocked to death when he got mucous stuck in his throat. He has years of physical rehabilitation and therapy ahead of him, and faces a constant battle to regain movement in his upper body and develop his language skills.
Even though, Josh has lost the ability to speak, his passion and spirit have only become stronger. To aid his fellow troops, Josh has designed inspirational skins through a unique numerical communication system, with the support of Fashion Has Heart & MusicSkins.