A critically wounded Veteran and Purple Heart recipient will receive a mortgage-free home from Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors

A critically wounded Veteran and Purple Heart recipient will receive a mortgage-free home from Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors

The Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights will construct the 100% accessible, injury-specific custom built Michigan home

[MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, DECEMBER 11, 2020] During this season of giving five-Time NFL Pro Bowler Jared Allen and his foundation, Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors (JAH4WW) and their partners, the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights, are overjoyed to announced plans to build a mortgage-free, handicap accessible home in Harrisville, Michigan for a United States Army Veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Army Specialist (SPC) Bobby Body.

Following the attacks on 9/11, Body was compelled to defend his country and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Five years later, on February 12, 2006 he was on a routine mission in Afghanistan when his Humvee was struck by a roadside bomb, resulting in injuries that ultimately led to making the arduous decision to amputate his lower left leg. 

14-years later, Bobby is currently undergoing multiple surgeries for a new prosthesis and recovering in a home where the absence of handicap accessible features can lead to further injuries and daily difficulties.

“The freedom to enjoy the beauty of a Christmas tree or the glow from a menorah is owed to veterans, like Army Specialist Bobby Body.” said Allen. “His service has allowed us celebrate the holidays enjoying the comforts of our home, and we believe he deserves the same.” 

The custom home will be 100-percent accessible and tailored specifically to accommodate SPC Body’s injuries and will include adaptations making it easier him to live his daily life in the comfort of a home that works for him. When decking the home for a wounded Veteran it’s more than boughs of holly. The home will be a continuation of the foundation’s partnership nationwide with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and will include a roll-in shower, zero threshold entries and roll under counter tops and sinks. 

“We are so proud to partner with Jared Allen’s Home for Wounded Warriors,” said Tom Lutz, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights. “The men and women in this labor union work every day to build the world we want to live in. Army Specialist Bobby Body is a great example of the kind of person who deserves the best America has to offer and we are grateful for his service.”

“It’s hard to imagine all of the ways our new home will allow us live comfortably and focus on family.” said Bobby Body. “I am so excited and grateful to have been chosen to be a JAH4WW home recipient and looking forward to celebrating our first Christmas there in 2021.” 

To stay up to date on Bobby’s home build, follow Jared Allen’s Home for Wounded Warriors on Facebook and Instagram at @JAH4WW. Donations can be made at https://deckthehome.funraise.org/

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


ABOUT THE MICHIGAN REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS AND MILLWRIGHTS (MRCC):

The MRCC is the largest skilled trades labor union in Michigan, representing more than 14,000 of the best trained men and women in the construction industry. Nationally, we partner with Helmets to Hardhats to recruit veterans into the skilled trades, making us one of the largest employers of veterans in the construction industry. Our members, together with our contractor partners, help build the largest construction projects in the state, including universities, power stations, industrial buildings, and residential homes. Union carpenters and millwrights get extensive training in state-of-the-art methods and equipment during a four-year apprenticeship that produces the best skilled professional worker fully certified by the U.S. Department of Labor. To join, text MRCCAPP to (855) 424.2562. 

Specialist Bobby Body

Specialist Bobby Body

Military Branch: United States Army
Location: Michigan
Build Completion: Current Build

Bobby was born in an army hospital into a military family. The early years of his life were fraught with trauma, which led to Bobby and his sister to spending their pre-teen/teen years in a military orphanage. After graduating High School, he was accepted to Ferris State University where he studied Criminal Justice and played on the school’s rugby team.

Following the attacks on 9/11, Bobby was compelled to serve his country and joined the United States Army. In July of 2005 his unit was deployed to Habbiniyah, Iraq where he participated in grueling daily missions for 17 – 20 hours as an infantry soldier. While on a routine mission on February 12, 2006, his Humvee was stuck by a roadside bomb, blowing the door directly into his body. Bobby was medically evacuated stateside where he spent the next year rehabbing his left shoulder and undergoing 18 surgical procedures to save his leg.

Unfortunately, his body rejected the foreign materials and Bobby and was forced to make the arduous decision to move forward with an above the knee amputation of his left leg. On September 9, 2013 he was admitted to an amputee clinic where he was expected to spend three to five months in recovery and rehabilitation, his tenacity and determination allowed Bobby to walk out of the clinic, with a new prosthetic leg, after only seven weeks.

With the help of his wife Erin and his children, Bobby continues to fight and make amazing strides. Bobby is a certified peer support specialist, counseling other veterans and amputees with PTSD to help them overcome their obstacles. As part of his treatment, Bobby turned to the gym and found his new calling on the powerlifting platform, earning five national and two world records.

Bobby and his family currently live in Michigan in a home where stairs are dangerous obstacles, showering is a perilous task and the absence of handicap accessible features can lead to further injuries and daily difficulties.

Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors is honored to collaborate with our national partners to design and build a 100% accessible, mortgage-free home that will ease the Body families’ daily challenges and allow Bobby to feel safe and secure.

MESSAGES FROM SUPPORTERS

VIDEOS

GFA 2015 – Bobby Body – Veteran of the Year
Bobby Body’s commitment to serve his country resulted in tours of duty with both the Marines and the Army.

 

DAV’s 2016 Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year – Bobby Body
DAV has named Bobby Body, a combat-injured, single-amputee veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, as its 2016 Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year.

 

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

Sergeant Stephanie Vazquez

Sergeant Stephanie Vazquez

Military Branch: United States Army
Location: Tennessee
Build Completion: Current Build

Sergeant Stephanie Vazquez, born in Charlottesville VA, was raised by her parents along with her four brothers in Williamstown West Virginia.
She moved to Oceanside, CA in October of 2005 when she enlisted in the Army. A single mother, Stephanie joined the service hoping to be able to provide and support her small family but quickly became extremely dedicated to the military and showed great promise.

Seven years into her service she was handpicked by the Commander and Sergeant Major of the Battalion to be the NCOIC of the BN FET( Female engagement team). She deployed overseas to attend the first Female engagement team school in Baghram Afghanistan where her life would be forever changed.

Three weeks before her team would be returning to the US she was on a routine patrol when the unit started taking small arms fire, RPG’s and motor rounds. It was during this fire fight that Stephanie sustained the critical injuries that she is still dealing with to this day. Although she was severely injured Stephanie made the decision to stay in Afghanistan in order to train the unit coming in to replace them.

Once back state side she started down her long road to recovery. She underwent 18 surgeries on her lower left leg as well as three spinal cord surgeries. Unfortunately, the surgeries to salvage her leg were unsuccessful and the decision was made to amputate the limb.

Stephanie is determined to not let her injuries define her and will “never let the enemy win”

Since the loss of her leg she has relearned how to participate in her favorite extra-curricular activities such as hiking, walking, horseback riding, snowboarding and her new love playing sled hockey with the Nashville Predator Sled Hockey Team.

Stephanie and her daughter currently live in TN in a home where stairs are dangerous obstacles, showering is a perilous task and the absence of other handicap accessible features can lead to further injuries and daily difficulties for an amputee.

Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors has purchased land in Portland, TN and we look forward to working with our national partners to design and build a home for Stephanie and her family. One that is 100% accessible specific to her needs and mortgage free, easing her daily challenges and allowing her to feel safe and secure.

MESSAGES FROM SUPPORTERS

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Sergeant First Class Joe Lowrey

Sergeant First Class Joe Lowrey

Military Branch: United States Army
Location: California
Build Completion: Current Build

U.S. Army Green Beret Sergeant First 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 resolute and has his sights set on regaining the ability to walk on his own. Determined to “pay-it-forward,” Lowrey co-founded his own non-profit foundation aimed at helping other veterans find services, employment and other opportunities.

Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors, along with our partners at the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Neff Construction are building a home in Rancho Cucamonga, California specially designed by SFC Lowrey and his family, individually suited to fit his needs.

MESSAGES FROM SUPPORTERS

MEDIA COVERAGE

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Master Sergeant Daniel “Reese” Hines

Master Sergeant Daniel “Reese” Hines

Warrior Profile

JAH4WW and KB Home is happy to announce the next home build for U.S Air Force MSgt Daniel Reese Hines. The Hines family will be moving from Alaska to the new accessible home being built for them in San Antonio, Texas. MSgt Hines was injured while deployed in Kandahar, Afghanistan when an IED was remotely detonated and roughly 20 pounds of explosives activated less than two feet away from him, sustaining injuries to both of his eyes and right arm. We are looking forward to building a new home for Reese and his family!

More about our Warrior

Military Rank: MSGT

Home State: North Carolina

Build Completion: 2020