Corporal Jonathan Flores

Corporal Jonathan Flores

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Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors is proud to continue our partnership with KB Home, building another accessible home for a combat-wounded veteran. KB Home and their suppliers have gifted an accessible and mortgage-free home to Corporal Jonathan “Jonny” Flores and his beautiful family. This new home will ease his daily struggles and stresses, allowing him to recover and heal in a safe space built with his injuries in mind. 

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Corporal Jonathan Flores

Military Branch: United States Army
Location: Tampa, FL
Build Completion: TBD

In 2007, now-retired US Army Cpl Jonathan “Jonny” Flores suffered multiple injuries to his body and brain in Baghdad, Iraq when his vehicle was hit with a pressure plate IED. He spent time at Walter Reed Medical Hospital and was medically retired on September 25, 2008. He returned to his hometown of Tampa, undergoing a series of surgeries and treatments at James A. Healy VA which is the number one hospital in the country for polytrauma. In 2019, severe nerve and tissue damage led to the amputation of Jonny’s left leg, and complications from the surgery left bone spurs in his residual limb making a prosthetic too painful to wear. He wears an ankle foot orthosis and knee brace on his right leg, so he is now wheel-chair dependent.

The current home he shares with his wife, son and brother is not wheelchair accessible and basic things like moving around, accessing the bathroom and getting into the garage is very difficult.

Read more to learn about Jonny’s service, his involvement in the veteran’s community and how a custom-built, accessible home would help him and his family.

Warrior Story

Jonathan “Jonny” Flores is a decorated retired US Army Cpl. He was born in Hempstead, NY and lived there till his early teens when his mom moved the family to Tampa, FL. Seeing the hardships his mom had to endure as a single parent, he looked to the military as a way to take control of his life and better himself. In 2005 he enlisted in the United States Army.

After completing basic training at Fort Sill, OK, Flores was stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany and shortly after, in 2006, deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. It was there that his vehicle was hit with a pressure plate IED and small arms fire while conducting routine combat patrol. His body and brain suffered multiple injuries and he was medevacked out of Baghdad, transferred to Germany and eventually sent to Walter Reed Medical Hospital in Washington, DC. He was medically retired from service on September 25, 2008.

After leaving Walter Reed in 2008 and moving back to Tampa, Flores continued a long road of rehab and medical procedures in the Tampa area. Finally in 2019, doctors determined they needed to amputate his left leg due to severe nerve and tissue damage. Complications led to bone spurs in his residual limb and as a result, his prosthetic causes severe pain making it difficult to wear for an extended period. This, combined with the need to wear an ankle foot orthosis and knee brace on his right leg had made him wheelchair-dependent.

Today, Flores lives with his wife, son and brother in Plant City, FL. Their current home is not wheelchair accessible and basic things like moving around, accessing the bathroom and getting into the garage is very difficult. Yet, despite being completely dependent on his family for most of his daily activities, Flores is an involved veteran. Along with being a member of a veteran support group, he also currently is the vice president of Wounded Vets Association, peer mentor and group facilitator for Veterans Peer Support group in Tampa, jr. vice commander and Sgt. At Arms for the Military Order of the Purple Heart Ch. 87 Tampa, OIF OEF liaison for Avast (All Veteran of America Support Team), and assistant coordinator with Heroes on The Water Tampa Chapter.

Flores is hoping to move to an accessible home in Wesley Chapel, FL so he can be closer to his support group of family and friends who he notes are key to his well-being and provide strength to conquer each day’s trials and tribulations. He says, “Wesley Chapel has always been home to me and my family, and our hearts are forever entwined there. I am grateful for all the support I have received. Please consider my family for this amazing opportunity and life-changing blessing.”

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Corporal Jonathan Flores Frame Signing Event

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We can’t thank enough, everyone involved in the completion of 18 homes, and counting, built for our nation’s most critically wounded veterans. Their strength and perseverance inspired this foundation, but it’s your support – from the beginning and through these tough times – that allows us to keep serving those who serve us.

From all of us at JAH4WW, thank you.

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 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 donate to his build go to https://jah4ww.funraise.org/. THANK YOU to all 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 despite 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 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 donate to his build go to https://jah4ww.funraise.org/.

THANK YOU to all 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.

To stay up to date on the latest with is home build and to learn more about his story, make sure you are following us on Facebook and Instagram.

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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 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: December 2021

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 lived in Tennessee, in a home where as an amputee, stairs were dangerous obstacles, showering was a perilous task, and the absence of other accessible features made everyday life more challenging.

To help make her feel safe and more independent at home, Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors purchased land in Portland, TN and built a mortgage-free, 100% accessible and custom home for Stephanie and her daughter.

On December 20th, 2021, Stephanie received the keys to her new home. She is grateful for the added security and independence it brings for her. It’s a feeling of safety and ease that many wounded veterans don’t experience when living in a home that’s not accessible to their needs.

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Sergeant Stephanie Vazquez Key Ceremony

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Sergeant First Class Joe Lowrey

Sergeant First Class Joe Lowrey

Military Branch: United States Army
Location: California
Build Completion: Current Build

U.S. Army Green Beret Sergeant First 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 memories his short-term memory is completely gone.

Now years removed from the incident, SFC Lowrey remains resolute and has his sights set on regaining the ability to walk on his own. Determined to “pay-it-forward,” Lowrey co-founded his own non-profit foundation aimed at helping other veterans find services, employment, and other opportunities.

Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors, along with our partners at the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Neff Construction are building a home in Rancho Cucamonga, California specially designed by SFC Lowrey and his family, individually suited to fit his needs.

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