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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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Master Sergeant Reese Hines

Master Sergeant Reese Hines

Military Branch: United States Air Force
Location: Texas
Build Completion: February 2020

U. S. Air Force Master Sergeant 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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Sergeant Tom Block

Sergeant Tom Block

Military Branch: United States Army
Location: New Hampshire
Build Completion: May 2019

U.S. Army Sergeant 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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