Cpl. Baldwin Scott Casimiro-Moreland was born in Hawaii, but raised and recruited out of Texas. In October of 2007, Scott was proud to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his service, he deployed a total of three times within five years. These experiences weighed hard on him mentally and physically.
Luckily, Scott was not alone in enduring the emotional trials of his deployment. Rebekah, his girlfriend since 2009, was by his side for the ups, the downs, and then a devastating phone call. On October 31, 2011, while Scott was on combat patrol, a 40-pound IED exploded five feet away from him. The explosion sent shrapnel through his sunglasses, leaving him blind in his left eye. The shrapnel also embedded into his arms and legs and gave him a grade-three concussion. Rebekah received the devastating phone call five hours later. After his injury, Scott returned to the United States for his rehabilitation. About a month after the accident, he pulled a ring from their Christmas tree and proposed to Rebekah.
Losing sight out of his left eye is not the only struggle Scott has dealt with throughout his life. Loss of family, and parents have been an emotional battle for Scott since his childhood. Abandoned by his mother, and raised by his stepfather, Scott has not had it easy. Since his injury, his family has become closer.
Weddings are a time when family can be brought together to celebrate a new beginning. In order to celebrate their wedding properly, Scott turned to Hope For The Warriors® and our A Warrior’s Wish® Program. Through the A Warrior’s Wish® Program, Scott’s Wish for a perfect wedding for his bride was granted. The Wish provided Scott and Rebekah with almost $9,000 to cover expenses for their wedding. They married on September 15, 2012, in Columbia, SC at the Seibels House & Garden.
It is a privilege to be able to serve members of the military who have served our nation for so long. Without the generosity of the Hope For The Warriors® supporters, we would not be able to grant Scott’s Wish. Thank you from all of us at Hope For The Warriors®.