In this episode, Amanda and Betty will chat with recipient Thomas Block about his service, his injury and recovery, and what is in store for him going forward.
In this episode, hosts Amanda and Betty will provide more detail about active projects, upcoming events, and other ways to get involved with JAH4WW. https://www.classy.org/campaign/JAH4WW/c163662
In this episode – our very first! – get to know the team at Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors. We’ll talk about why and how Jared started the organization, how the rest of the team came on board, and what everyone hopes to accomplish in the coming year. As always, there will be plenty of laughs and surprises as well! https://homesforwoundedwarriors.com/
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.
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.