U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. Tom Block

U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. Tom Block

Warrior Profile

Minnesota native and U.S. Army Sgt. Tom Block, a Ranger with the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, was severely wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) while on his fourth combat rotation on October 6, 2013. Block was part of a joint task force that prevented a high profile suicide bombing attack in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Block was injured when the bomber detonated herself in close proximity to the assault force.

Sgt. Block lost his right eye and most of his vision in the other, in addition to withstanding severe leg injuries and shrapnel wounds across his body as a result of the explosion. Despite his injuries, Block remained upbeat and undeterred. He endured grueling recovery and rehabilitation to defy doctors’ expectations. Thanks to his determination and positive attitude, the Army Times named him Solider of the Year in 2014, citing his perseverance and ability to motivate others as key factors in the decision.

Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors has selected Sgt. Block as its next home build recipient. JAH4WW is excited to begin work on a 100-percent handicap accessible home, specifically built for Sgt. Block’s individual needs.

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Military Rank: SGT

Home State: New Hampshire

Build Completion: 2018

Tom Block

Tom Block

Name/Rank: Sergeant Tom Block
Military Branch: United States Army
Alive Date: October 6, 2013
Location: New Hampshire
Build Completion: May 2019

U.S. Army Sgt. Tom Block graduated high school from Waseca High School in Waseca, MN in 2005. He attended Minnesota State University at Mankato where he wrestled for 4 years and had the pleasure of meeting Jared while attending his training camp. Shortly after his wrestling career, he joined the army as a Ranger with the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, where he was severely wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) suicide vest while on his fourth combat rotation on October 6, 2013. Block was part of a joint task force that prevented a high profile suicide bombing attack in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Block was injured when the bomber detonated herself approximately 10ft from the assault force.

Sgt. Block lost his right eye and most of his vision in the other, in addition to withstanding severe leg injuries and shrapnel wounds across his body as a result of the explosion. He has undergone approximately 15 surgeries, but despite his injuries, he has remained upbeat and undeterred, enduring grueling recovery and rehabilitation to defy doctors’ expectations. He still has quite a few surgeries to go, but thanks to his determination and positive attitude, the Army Times named him Solider of the Year in 2014, citing his perseverance and ability to motivate others as key factors in the decision.

Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors is proud to team up with the Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters to provide Sgt. Block with a 100-percent handicap accessible home, built specifically for Sgt. Block’s needs.

MESSAGES FROM SUPPORTERS

VIDEOS

Wounded Warrior SGT Tom Block Inspires Young Armor Officers at Fort Benning

Extended Interview with Sergeant Block of Fort Benning

Freedom Isn’t Free

Sergeant Thomas Block Sounds The Gjallarhorn

Tom Block’s Key Ceremony

Event Photos

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Daniel Tingle

Daniel Tingle

Name/Rank: Army Specialist Daniel Tingle
Military Branch: United States Army
Alive Date: January 7, 2018
Location: Nevada
Build Completion: Current Build

While stationed in Iraq in 2007, SPC Tingle was struck by three motor rounds causing severe injuries to his feet and legs. Daniel has just come back from a patrol mission and was getting his vehicle serviced. The motor rounds, started hitting, and he ducked into his vehicle. When he thought there was a break he jumped out and ran to the bunker, which is when he was injured. However, it was a good call due to his vehicle being hit as well, in the second round of motor rounds that where hitting. Two on the left side, which took out the middle section of his left foot, and one on the right side which left shrapnel in his right foot, ankle, and leg.

As a result of his injuries, life-saving surgery was necessary, and SPC Tingle was immediately transported to Baghdad and then to Germany for surgeries to treat the wounds to his feet. SPC Tingle was then moved to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio for further treatment. Here, doctors attempted an experimental surgery using bone and skin from his hip and leg to rebuild his injured left foot.

After months in the hospital and in physical therapy, SPC Tingle was able to walk on his rebuilt foot. Unfortunately, this didn’t last and years later, the constant pain became too unbearable to lead a normal life. At the end of 2015 and after 26 surgeries to address the pain and broken hardware, SPC Tingle had his left foot amputated.

Most of the pain has subsided, but a new set of challenges remain as SPC Tingle tries to adjust to life with his amputation. A handicap accessible home tailored to his injuries will make a significant difference in his life, allowing him to become more independent and able to perform daily activities without the assistance of others. JAH4WW is honored to build a mortgage-free, 100-percent handicap-accessible home for SPC Tingle and his family.

MESSAGES FROM SUPPORTERS

VIDEOS

Daniel Tingle Ground Breaking Ceremony

Event Photos

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Joe Lowery

Joe Lowery

Name/Rank: Sergeant First Class Joe Lowrey
Military Branch: United States Army
Alive Date: June 7, 2014
Location: California
Build Completion: Current Build

U.S. Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Joe Lowrey sustained a gunshot wound to the head during a combat tour in Afghanistan while serving with the 7th Special Forces Group on July 7, 2014. The injury occurred during Lowrey’s third military deployment, just after he and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed their fourth child.

Despite being given a small chance of survival by doctors, SFC Lowrey stayed strong through excruciating recovery and rehabilitation. After weeks at Walter Reed, Lowrey woke from his coma with a full memory. He was not out of the woods, however, as his injuries left him without movement on the left side of his body and while he has almost fully recovered his past memories his short-term memory is completely gone.

Now years removed from the incident, SFC Lowrey remains determined and has his sights set on regaining the ability to walk on his own. Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors would like to assist him by building a home in Rancho Cucamonga, California specially designed for SFC Lowrey and his family, individually suited to fit his needs.

MESSAGES FROM SUPPORTERS

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U.S. Army Spc Daniel Tingle

U.S. Army Spc Daniel Tingle

Warrior Profile

In January of 2007 Spc Tingle was stationed in Iraq when he was struck by three motor rounds causing severe injuries to his feet and legs.

After enduring surgeries in Baghdad and Germany to sustain his life he was sent to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio to treat the wounds to his feet. Doctors attempted to save his left foot by using an experimental surgery, using bone and skin from his hip and leg to rebuild. After months in the hospital and physical therapy SPC Tingle was able to walk on his newly rebuilt foot. As the years progressed however, living a normal life became more difficult. SPC Tingle was in constant pain from his injuries and was unable to lead a normal life.

In December of 2015, after struggling through over 26 surgeries to address the pain, SPC Tingle had his left foot amputated. While the pain has subsided, amputation provides its own set of challenges. A handicap accessible home tailored to his injuries will make a significant difference in his life, allowing him to become more independent and able to perform daily activities without the assistance of others.

JAH4WW is pleased to be working with our partner, The United Brotherhood of Carpenters, to build a mortgage-free, 100-percent handicap-accessible home for SPC Tingle and his family in Minden, NV.

More about our Warrior

Military Rank: SPC

Home State: Nevada

Build Completion: 2018