Mark and Denise Beyers are high school sweethearts who met in 1996. They both joined the Marine Corps and served with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division. When Mark and the rest of their unit deployed to Iraq in 2005, Denise provided support with the Peacetime/Wartime Support Team in Buffalo.
On August 26, 2005, while on foot patrol, Mark was severely injured by an Improvised Explosive Device made of two 155mm artillery shells that were buried on the side of the road. Mark was closest to the bomb and the blast caused amputations of his right arm above the shoulder and his right leg below the knee as well as critical blast injuries to his abdomen and chest. After 39 surgeries and rehabilitation abroad and in the United States at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, he was able to return to Denise back in Buffalo, NY.
The couple now live on a beautiful 15-acre farm where they have developed a business in farming and lead a self-sufficient lifestyle. Their Beyers Maple Farm (www.beyersmaplefarm.com) produces and sells honey, maple syrup, free range chickens that provide fresh eggs daily and raise meat chickens and turkeys during the summer. Mark and Denise now enjoy teaching their daughters Eva and Gracie all there is to know about making maple syrup, growing healthy, organic food and how to cook, prepare and preserve it.
The Beyers recieved their smart home on Veterans Day, November 11, 2018.