California Town Unites to Give Triple Amputee Veteran the Wedding of His Dreams

Melissa Knowles

In 2010, during his tour in Afghanistan, Marine Cpl. Juan Dominguez stepped on an improvised explosive device. The IED caused him to lose both of his legs and his right arm.

When Dominguez returned home, the residents of his hometown of Temecula, California, and his fiancé, Alexis, stood by him during his recovery. As a way to honor Dominguez's service to his country, the town of Temecula donated $30,000 in services to give Juan and Alexis a dream wedding. Local businesses donated everything from the rehearsal dinner and the photography to the entertainment and the cake at their reception. Dominguez was even able to walk his new bride down the aisle.

They were married on April 27.

Even though Dominguez is a triple amputee, he still can do the things he loves like driving, swimming, playing drums in a band, and snowboarding with his wife.

"Nothing's changed, you know. I'm a little bit shorter, you know. Lost a couple of legs and an arm, but my brain's still here, and my heart's still here."

In September of 2012, the town of Temecula along with actor Gary Sinise, who helps wounded veterans, presented Dominguez with a smart home equipped with an elevator, easy-access ramps and an iPad controlled lighting system.

If you would like to follow Dominguez's progress, check out his Facebook support page.

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