Sgt. Kitelinger Chosen as Second BCMC Build Recipient
Originally published by: BCMC Build — November 9, 2015
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U.S. Army Specialist Robert “Bo” Kitelinger looked a little like a deer in headlights at a recent Milwaukee Bucks home game. Kitelinger was asked to walk out onto the basketball court to participate in an event he thought was focused on recognizing the work of Operation Finally Home. What he wasn’t prepared for was the announcement that he and his family had been chosen as one of this year’s BCMC Build recipients and would soon receive a mortgage-free home. It really wasn’t until after he walked off the court he realized everyone was talking about him.
“This was the biggest surprise of my life,” said Kitelinger. “I don’t have words to describe how thankful I am.”
Kitelinger enlisted in the U.S. Army on July 23, 2003. He was inspired to join the military in memory of his late mother, who passed away when Kitelinger was 10 years old. Kitelinger’s goal was to become a soldier to make her proud. Kitelinger deployed to Kuwait in August 2005, where his platoon was tasked to provide security for the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team stationed. While attempting to secure the area during a routine mission for an improvised explosive device (IED) call, an IED went off, knocking Kitelinger unconscious and severely injuring several members of his team.
As a result of the incident, Kitelinger was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He continued his military duty, choosing to re-enlist in 2006 as a Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic and eventually deployed to Afghanistan in 2008. Kitelinger’s military career ended when he medically retired in July 2014.
Kitelinger received numerous awards during his 10 years of commendable service, including a Purple Heart, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with star, Iraq Campaign Medal with 4 stars and more. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife, Kimberly, and their three children. He and Kimberly have been married since June 2007 and are both very active in their community. Kitelinger is currently enrolled as a sophomore at Marquette University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.
Kitelinger is the second recipient receiving a mortgage-free home for the 2015 BCMC Build, an annual charitable construction project for deserving families. In August, U.S. Army Sgt. Drew Wroblewski and his wife were surprised at the Wisconsin State Fair.