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.
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. 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 California specially designed for SFC Lowrey and his family, individually suited to fit his needs.
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 date, 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, SSG Dunn remains positive. He and his wife look forward to starting a family together in Florida, and 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 the Dunns with a 100-percent handicap accessible home, built specifically for SSG Dunn’s needs.