SSG Chris Burrell

SSG Chris Burrell

Military Branch: United States Army
Alive Date: December 26, 2007
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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SPC. Bobby Body

SPC. Bobby Body

Military Branch: United States Army
Alive Date: February 12, 2006
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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SGT. Stephanie Vazquez

SGT. Stephanie Vazquez

Military Branch: United States Army
Alive Date: November 17, 2011
Location: Tennessee
Build Completion: Current Build

SGT 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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MSGT. Reese Hines

MSGT. 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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SGT. Tom Block

SGT. 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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SPC. Daniel Tingle

SPC. Daniel Tingle

Military Branch: United States Army
Alive Date: January 7, 2018
Location: Nevada
Build Completion: September 29, 2020

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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