Ms. Health & Fitness continues to flex for veterans

Ms. Health & Fitness continues to flex for veterans

The 2021 Ms. Health & Fitness competition is underway and for the fifth consecutive year, Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors is honored to be the beneficiary of a minimum donation of 25% of the net proceeds earned from votes purchased during the competition.

By offering supporters the opportunity to purchase votes benefiting their favorite competitor, the competition has helped raise awareness about the daily challenges critically wounded veterans experience when they return home and has contributed nearly $1.5 Million to our mission to build and remodel injury-specific, accessible, and mortgage-free homes for our nation’s heroes.

Following the success of the 2020 competition, Ms. Health & Fitness presented a check for over one million dollars at an event celebrating the current build for U.S. Army Green Beret Sergeant First Class Joe Lowrey on Friday, June 4, 2021.

Funds raised through the competitions to date have also contributed to the home builds for Cpl Cesar Garcia, SPC Daniel Tingle and SSG Travis Dunn and will strengthen home builds currently underway for SGT Stephanie Vazquez, SPC Bobby Body and SSG Chris Burrell.

JAH4WW would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Ms. Health and Fitness LLC. for their ongoing support and to the competitors that continue to flex for our veterans. Best of luck to the active lifestyle models from around the world pursuing their Health and Fitness dreams.

The Ms. Health and Fitness competition is owned and operated by Ms. Health and Fitness LLC. For more information about the rules and regulations go to https://mshealthandfitness.com/rules

ABOUT JARED ALLENS HOMES FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS:
Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors is a non-profit organization created for the sole purpose of raising money to build or modify homes for America’s injured Military Veterans. Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors was established in October of 2009 after NFL Star, Jared Allen returned home from a trip to the US Military Bases in the Middle East.  Jared was moved by the commitment, dedication and sacrifices that our soldiers make every day to protect our freedom.  It is Jared’s hope that this foundation will help make the lives of wounded vets a little bit easier. Since its inception JAH4WW has built 17 homes with 3 homes currently under construction in Tennessee, Michigan and California. For more information please visit: http://www.jah4ww.com

Staff Sergeant Brent Nadjadi

Staff Sergeant Brent Nadjadi

Military Branch: United States Army
Location: New York
Build Completion: TBD

Staff Sergeant Brent Nadjadi was born and raised in the small town of Bath, New York. A village where today he known as a fitness enthusiast as the co-founder of Project Iron Gym and a local hero following his service and sacrifice in the U.S. Army. 
 
The 2006 Haverling High School graduate had enrolled in junior college but couldn’t shake the desire to do something bigger than himself and serve a greater purpose. Brent’s identical twin brother, Derick had enlisted in the U.S. Army. Six months later, Derick returned home from Basic Training and Brent quickly noticed a positive change in his brother’s attitude and perspective. Inspired by his discipline and motivation, Brent enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Heavy Equipment Operator in February 2008. 
 
A little over a year later, SSG Nadjadi’s was deployed to eastern Afghanistan. His unit (161 ESC, 27th Engineer Battalion out of Fort Bragg, NC) received orders for a two-day mission to conduct route clearance operations. Although he wasn’t supposed to be on the mission, his unit was shorthanded so Brent – now a Sergeant – stepped up. “Clearing bombs off roadways to creates a safe path for coalition forces but also for citizens. There is a great sense of service and comradery.” said Nadjadi. “We all rely on each other to complete these missions. It gives us a better chance of getting everyone home safely.”
 
September 13, 2010, day two of the mission, Brent’s up-armored vehicle was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and in an instant, everything went black. 
 
Days later, SSG Nadjadi woke up at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl Germany. He didn’t know where he was but was immediately grateful when he realized his friend, comrade and one of four passengers who survived the explosion was beside him. 
 
Brent sustained multiple fractures in both legs and feet, had a crushed vertebra, a broken spine and a broken jaw during the incident. Shortly after the first of dozens of surgeries he spoke with his mother telling her “Mom, I think my deployment may be up.” 
 
“Honey, there’s no thinking about it. It is.” she knowingly replied.
 
Nadjadi returned to the United States for ongoing treatment and rehabilitation. Doctors were optimistic that they could save his legs and Brent began the grueling procedure of limb salvage to prevent amputation. After a year and a half of ongoing medical care and multiple surgeries, his left leg was not making any progress. Brent had to make the difficult decision to move forward with a below the knee amputation. 
 
After spending three long years at Walter Reed Medical Hospital, Brent retired from the U.S. Army in April of 2013. Transitioning from the military was harder that he expected, calling it the most difficult thing he has ever done. The sense of service and comradery is inimitable. Determined to find his purpose, Brent found his calling through fitness and adaptive sports. Brent serves as a player and board member for the USA Patriots “Americas Amputee Softball Team” where they strive to show people that life without limbs is limitless. 
 
Brent kept his right leg for nine years but as he continued on his fitness journey, he noticed a gradual decline in bone and tissue. Although he ultimately underwent a second amputation in March 2020, Brent lives his life with positivity and gratitude.
 
“I might not have my legs but I’m still here. I chose to live a life thankful for the blessings that I still have.” says Nadjadi. “I’m still carrying on a legacy my military brothers and sisters left behind. This the perspective that carries me through.” 
 
Outside of softball and the gym, Brent also enjoys playing cornhole, golfing, hand cycling, and spending time with his two children. Today Brent says he is in the best shape of his life and he enjoys helping others find their strength. Service has always been a part of Brent’s life and he takes great pride in helping others accomplish their goals and Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors is proud to give Brent a strong foundation to keep doing what he loves by making him the latest recipient of a mortgage free, fully accessible home in his hometown where he recently purchased 2 acres of land to live a simpler, quieter life with his son and daughter. 
 
After receiving the call from Executive Director, Alex Karalexis and Jared Allen, a SSG Nadjadi said this “I’m blessed and humbled. Truly grateful.” 
 
Please join us in thanking SSG Nadjadi for his service and sacrifice by signing his guest book below. 
 
To make a donation to his build go to https://jah4ww.funraise.org/. THANK YOU to all of our donors and partners that allow to continue to serve those serve us! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the SSG Nadjadi’s home, email info@jah4ww.com for more information.
 
To stay up-to-date on the latest with this home build and to learn more about his story, make sure you are following us on Facebook and Instagram.

MESSAGES FROM SUPPORTERS

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A surprise phone call from Jared Allen brings SSG Brent Nadjadi home!

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US Army veteran and purple heart recipient receives a brand new mortgage-free, accessible home after a 2014 combat injury resulted in paraplegia

US Army veteran and purple heart recipient receives a brand new mortgage-free, accessible home after a 2014 combat injury resulted in paraplegia

[WESLEY CHAPEL, FL, FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2021] Five-Time NFL Pro Bowler and Hall of Fame hopeful, Jared Allen and his foundation, Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors (JAH4WW) along with their partners at the Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and the Florida Regional Council, presented the keys to another brand new, mortgage-free, injury-specific accessible home. The home, in Wesley Chapel, FL was built for local wounded Army Ranger Travis Dunn and his family.

Army Ranger Staff Sergeant Travis Dunn was presented with the Bronze Star Medal for Valor and the Purple Heart after being wounded in combat on December 2, 2014 in Afghanistan. On that day, SSG Dunn and a group of Rangers with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, and Afghan special operations soldiers were on a joint operation in Nangarhar Province when they came under attack. The group sustained six hours of direct fire engagement. Despite the assault, the unit cleared multiple insurgent-held compounds and killed more than 25 enemy fighters in addition to rescuing a wounded Ranger. SSG Dunn showed great bravery in the exchange, closing with an armed enemy in a close ambush, as well as on three barricaded shooters. During the assault, SSG Dunn was shot in the upper torso and fell from an embankment, resulting in paraplegia. Despite being paralyzed from the waist down, he remains positive.

“For six years following his injuries SSG Dunn, his wife Kelley and their daughter have been living in a home that does not accommodate the injuries he sustained while he served our country.” said Jared Allen. “It is our privilege to give him the home he deserves in honor of his service and sacrifice.”

Army Ranger Lead The Way, Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors and its national and local partners hoped to honor his service and sacrifice to our country Friday when they turned over the keys to the brand new home designed by SSG Dunn and his wife Kelly. To ease Dunn’s daily challenges, the home is designed to be fully compliant with the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) with features that include: an open floor plan, wider hallways and doorways to accommodate wheelchair, scooter and prosthetic use; roll under countertops and sinks; and arguably most importantly, bathroom accessibility amenities that include barrier-free showers with roll-in access, grab bars, seating and a height adjustable shower head. The home was built by W.W Gay Mechanical Contractor Inc, out of Jacksonville, FL.

“It’s the simple things like bringing in groceries, cooking a meal or taking a shower that will have the most impact on my day-to-day life in our new home. So, it’s hard to imagine all of the ways a home specifically designed to accommodate my injuries will allow me and my family to live a more comfortable life.” said SSG Dunn. “I am incredibly grateful to everyone who helped give my family the American dream.”

The home for SSG. Dunn is a continuation of the strong collaboration between Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors, Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters nationwide. The foundation is currently building five additional homes across the country with the help of the UBC and this marks the fourth home built in partnership with Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund.

To learn more about SSG Dunn and his story, stay up-to-date on the latest with his build, or to make a donation, go to www.jah4ww.com or follow the foundation on Facebook and Instagram.

ABOUT JARED ALLENS HOMES FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS:

Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors is a non-profit organization created for the sole purpose of raising money to build or modify homes for America’s injured Military Veterans. Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors was established in October of 2009 after NFL Star, Jared Allen returned home from a trip to the US Military Bases in the Middle East. Jared was moved by the commitment, dedication and sacrifices that our soldiers make every day to protect our freedom. It is Jared’s hope that this foundation will help make the lives of wounded vets a little bit easier. Since its inception JAH4WW has built 17 homes with 3 homes currently under construction in Tennessee, Michigan and California. For more information please visit: www.jah4ww.com

ABOUT ARMY RANGER LEAD THE WAY FUND:

Founded in 2007, Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund, a 501c3 Non-Profit, is an active duty, casualty assistance, recovery, transition And Veterans organization that provides financial support, beyond what the government and Veterans Affairs can offer to the Rangers and families of the elite Special Operations 75th Ranger Regiment. For more information please visit: www.leadthewayfund.org

FLORIDA CARPENTERS REGIONAL COUNCIL

Thousands of professional carpenters and pile drivers go to work every day in Florida and provide a win-win scenario for the contractors and project owners who employ them. These men and women are local, trained, safe, experienced hands working from a foundation of an international skill trade. They are all members of the Florida Carpenters Regional Council, which is an affiliate of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.

A Christmas miracle from Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors will bring peace and comfort to a critically wounded war hero

JAH4WW will give the gift of a mortgage-free, accessible home to U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Chris Burrell

[FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, DECEMBER 23, 2020] Five-Time NFL Pro Bowler and Hall of Fame hopeful, Jared Allen and his foundation, Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors (JAH4WW) was overjoyed to surprise United States Army Staff Sergeant Chris Burrell with a Christmas miracle. In honor of his service and sacrifice the foundation has plans to build SSG Burrell, a military amputee and Purple Heart recipient, a mortgage-free, accessible home anywhere in the United States.

On December 26, 2007, Army military policeman, SSG Burrell was leaving on a mission to support Iraqi police when, just 350 meters outside the wire, three explosively formed penetrators destroyed his vehicle, took his left leg above the knee, severely damaged his right leg and left him with a traumatic brain injury.

Before being medically evacuated he called his then five-year old-daughter and bravely, he told her “Daddy had a boo-boo.”

After surviving his alive day, Burrell wasn’t willing to accept the medical discharge that was nearly an inevitability based on his severe wounds. He immersed himself in his rehabilitation and in spite of the odds stacked against him, fought to stay on active duty. In the summer of 2010, through sheer will and determination, he got his wish and returned to Fort Bragg to continue his military career.

There he serves today and manages his brigade’s canine program, overseeing an operation that includes 112 military working dogs. In Spring of 2021, he will reach his amazing goal of serving through his retirement in the Army.

After receiving the call from Jared Allen and JAH4WW Executive Director, Alex Karalexis, SSG Burrell said, “I am in shock. I actually broke down into tears after the call. Besides my daughter’s birth, this is the greatest thing to ever happen. I just feel so fortunate.”

“There are few greater joys than to call a military hero – like Chris – to tell them we are going to build them a house.” said Jared Allen “And to do it at Christmas time, days just before he celebrates the 13th anniversary of his Alive Day is a blessing. There is no one more deserving.”

Click here to watch a video of the phone call. 

To stay up-to-date on the latest with SSG Burrell’s build and to learn more about  follow JAH4WW on Facebook and Instagram.

Staff Sergeant Chris Burrell

Staff Sergeant Chris Burrell

Military Branch: United States Army
Location: North Carolina
Build Completion: TBD

Jared Allen’s Home for Wounded is overjoyed to announce a new home recipient, Staff Sergeant Chris Burrell.

As an Army military policeman, SSG Burrell was leaving on a mission to support Iraqi police that day when, just 350 meters outside the wire, three explosively-formed penetrators destroyed his vehicle, took his left leg above the knee, severely damaged his right leg and left him with a traumatic brain injury.

Before being medically evacuated he called his then five-year old-daughter and bravely, he told her “Daddy had a boo-boo.”

After surviving his alive day, the Burrell wasn’t willing to accept the medical discharge that was nearly an inevitability based on his severe wounds. He immersed himself in his rehabilitation and in spite of the odds stacked against him, fought to stay on active duty. In the summer of 2010, through sheer will and determination, he got his wish and returned to Fort Bragg to continue his military career.

There he serves today and manages his brigade’s canine program, overseeing an operation that includes 112 military working dogs. In Spring of 2021, he will reach his amazing goal of serving through his retirement in the Army. He is very focused on transitioning in a way that will bring stability for his future.

After receiving the call from Executive Director, Alex Karalexis and Jared Allen SSG Burrell said this “I’m in shock. I actually broke down into tears after that call. Besides my daughter’s birth, this is the greatest thing to ever happen. I just feel so fortunate.”

Please join us in thanking SSG Burrell for his service and sacrifice by signing his guest book below. To make a donation to his build go to https://jah4ww.funraise.org/.

THANK YOU to all of our donors and partners that allow to continue to serve those serve us! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the SSG Burrell home, email amanda@jah4ww.com for more information.

To stay up-to-date on the latest with is home build and to learn more about his story, make sure you are following us on Facebook and Instagram.

MESSAGES FROM SUPPORTERS

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The unexpected phone call that will change SSG Burrell’s life
Just in time to celebrate the SSG Burrell’s 13th Alive Day, JAH4WW calls him with big news.

To help JAH4WW bring our nation’s heroes home, consider making a donation: