Todd served in the U.S. Army National Guard right after graduating high school. Growing up in a single parent household, he searched for a living that could provide for him and his mother. Joining the Army National Guard allowed him to gain independence and help his mother be financially stable as well. In 1987, Todd was honorably discharged due to a reduction in authorized strength.
Todd and Wanda care for their 24-year-old son. He was born with cerebral palsy – a group of disorders that affects a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. In addition to being wheelchair bound, he also endures seizures, intellectual disabilities, and mental health conditions. Having to adapt to living in apartment complexes with limited accessibility has been extremely challenging over the years. With only one accessible parking near their apartment, they often must unload their son from the van and search for parking elsewhere.
Meet the Paytons!
A retired Navy veteran with 20 years of service partnered with Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas to build her very own home. At 26 years old, Phyllis was in pursuit of a college education but had no means of paying for it. She was highly motivated and felt that she could make a career serving in the military. She was a Technical Control Operator in the Communications System department before shifting to working as a paralegal in the Jag Legal department. After receiving many medals for her service and dedication, Phyllis was honorably discharged with enough years served making her eligible for retirement.