Bobby Body

Bobby Body

Name/Rank: Bobby Body – Army Airborne infantryman
Military Branch: United States Army
Alive Date: February 12, 2006
Location: Michigan
Build Completion: Current Build

Bobby Lee was born in army hospital into a military family. The, early years of his life were fraught with trauma, which led to Bobby and his sister to spend 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 their four 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 while working on his master’s degree in social work. As part of his treatment, Bobby turned to the gym and found his new calling on the powerlifting platform, earning four national and two world records for raw bench press.

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% handicap accessible, mortgage free home that will ease the Body families’ daily challenges and allow Bobby to feel safe and secure.

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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.

 

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Stephanie Vazquez

Stephanie Vazquez

Name/Rank: Stephanie Vazquez
Military Branch: United States Army
Alive Date: November 11, 2011
Location: Tennessee
Build Completion: Current Build

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 run, horseback ride, snowboard, hike and swim. She has also found a new love, Sled Hockey and plays for the Nashville Predators 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.

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Reese Hines

Reese Hines

Name/Rank: Master Sergeant Daniel “Reese” Hines
Military Branch: United States Air Force
Alive Date: April 9, 2019
Location: Texas
Build Completion: February 2020

U. S. Air Force MSgt Daniel “Reese” Hines was born in Charlotte, NC on December 15th, 1980. Reese grew up with a passion for playing sports, such as: baseball, football, and Tae Kwon Do. After graduating high school Reese chose to attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. For the first time, Reese struggled with classes and realized his drive to succeed had waned. He yearned for a challenge that would help prove a direction in his life that college and working 40-hour weeks could not provide.

In October of 2000, Reese took the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test and maxed the score, enabling him to select whichever career field he decided to pursue. After reviewing the choices the Air Force had to offer, he chose to enlist as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) apprentice. EOD’s are responsible for rendering safe conventional, improvised, chemical, biological, and nuclear explosive threats, as well as provide security to the US and foreign diplomats by assisting the US Secret Service, Department of State and other government agencies.

After being stationed and participating in competitive rugby at Eglin AFB, South Korea, Guam, and deployed to Al Dhafra AB, UAE. Shortly thereafter Reese was deployed to FOB Mahmuhdiyah, just south of Baghdad, Iraq. During this deployment, Reese lost a close friend in action, Tony Capra, on April 9th, 2008. Exactly three years later while deployed in Kandahar, Afghanistan – also known as the birthplace of the Taliban – Reese was critically injured during a large, planned operation when an IED was remotely detonated and roughly 20 pounds of explosives activated less than 2 feet away from him.

His near mortal wound considered him killed-in-action during the initial confusion following the explosion. Hines suffered damage to both eyes. His right eye had to be surgically removed due to extensive, irreversible injury. Additionally, his right hand was nearly severed and had to be pieced back together, though he did lose his right index finger.

Though the long list of injuries doesn’t stop there, Reese’s right wrist was fused in the blast, and some of his knuckles as well to the right hand and thumb. He suffered from a brain bleed, a traumatic brain injury, a broken jaw, ruptured eardrums, a bolt in his skull, nerve damage in his leg, soft-tissue damage to both arms, and was also diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. The former EOD troop has undergone nearly 30 to 40 surgeries post-injury and six years later, weekly medical appointments continue and a potential complete amputation of his right arm below the elbow is still a possibility. 

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Air Force Competitor Earns ‘Ultimate Champion’ Title at Warrior Games
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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.

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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

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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.

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Daniel Tingle Ground Breaking Ceremony

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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.

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