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.

MESSAGES FROM SUPPORTERS

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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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Specialist Daniel Tingle

Specialist Daniel Tingle

Military Branch: United States Army
Location: Nevada
Build Completion: September 29, 2020

While stationed in Iraq in 2007, Specialist Tingle was struck by three motor rounds causing severe injuries to his feet and ankles. 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 lives life with his amputation. The 100% accessible home tailored to his injuries will make a significant difference, allowing him to become more independent and able to perform daily activities without the assistance of others. JAH4WW was honored to build an injury-specific, accessible and mortgage-free home for SPC Tingle and his family and look forward to watching them celebrating milestones in their forever home.

MESSAGES FROM SUPPORTERS

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Daniel Tingle Ground Breaking Ceremony

Daniel Tingle Ground Breaking Ceremony

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Staff Sergeant Travis Dunn

Staff Sergeant Travis Dunn

Military Branch: United States Army
Location: Florida
Build Completion: January 22, 2021

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 day, 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.

On Friday, January 22, 2021 Army Ranger Lead The Way, Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors and its national and local partners presented SSG Dunn and his family the keys to a brand new, mortgage-free, injury-specific accessible home in honor of his service and sacrifice.

To ease Dunn’s daily challenges, the home is designed to be fully compliant with the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) with features that include: an open floor plan, wider hallways and doorways to accommodate wheelchair, scooter and prosthetic use; roll under countertops and sinks; and arguably most importantly, bathroom accessibility amenities that include barrier-free showers with roll-in access, grab bars, seating and a height adjustable shower head.

“It’s the simple things like bringing in groceries, cooking a meal or taking a shower that will have the most impact on my day-to-day life in our new home. So, it’s hard to imagine all of the ways a home specifically designed to accommodate my injuries will allow me and my family to live a more comfortable life.” said SSG Dunn. “I am incredibly grateful to everyone who helped give my family the American dream.”

MESSAGES FROM SUPPORTERS

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Travis Dunn Groundbreaking

After fighting for 9/11 victims, Jon Stewart turns to Warrior Games

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Corporal Cesar Garcia 

Corporal Cesar Garcia 

Military Branch: United States Army
Location: Arizona
Build Completion: September 20, 2019

Corporal Cesar Garcia enlisted in the United States Army in April 2004 to serve his country and help others. He was deployed to Southwest Baghdad in September 2004 where his life would change forever. While on a mission to recover two prisoners of war on June 16, 2006, Cpl. Garcia suffered critical injuries in an explosion. His unit came across the bodies of the POWs when they realized they had been rigged with explosives. During the unit’s exit, a daisy chain exploded, and Cpl. Garcia sustained life-threatening injuries, including the loss of his left leg at the hip, pelvic and spinal fractures, and a traumatic brain injury. While attempting to get out, he was also shot multiple times in an ambush.

As a result of his injuries, Cpl. Garcia went into cardiac arrest. When CPR failed, his chest was opened and manually massaged and shocked to revive him. Once stabilized in Baghdad, he was transported to Germany and then to Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. Cpl. Garcia required 42 surgeries and 18 months of neurocognitive rehabilitation to recover.

Despite having his life altered forever in combat, Cpl. Garcia has not allowed his injuries to sidetrack his goals. He currently works full-time as a Field Engineer, has earned his business degree and M.S. degree from Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering in Construction Management with Six Sigma Accreditation and LEAN Certification. He is thoroughly enjoying home life and coaching his son’s Peewee football team. That life has been enhanced by his new home in Arizona, courtesy of Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors, that is 100-percent handicap accessible, specifically for his individual needs.

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JAH4WW – Cesar Garcia’s key Ceremony

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Corporal Paul Skarinka

Corporal Paul Skarinka

Military Branch: United States Army
Location: Massachusetts
Build Completion: April 2, 2019

Corporal Paul Skarinka was eight months into his first tour of duty with the U.S. Army when his unit came under enemy fire while on a mission in Sadr City just outside of Baghdad on September 13, 2004. He suffered a severed artery and serious damage to his left arm and leg in a rocket-propelled grenade explosion.

He was transported from Iraq to Germany and then to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington where he would remain for almost two years and undergo 25+ surgeries and over 10 blood transfusions. The rehabilitation process has been long, and included amputation of his left leg below the knee and partial amputation of his left arm, as well as TBI and PTSD.

Now living with his wife and two children in the Bridgewater, Mass. area, Cpl. Skarinka continues to serve in his community as an EMT/Paramedic with the Plympton Fire Department and Brewster Ambulance Service. Still, his injuries remain a daily battle. Though he and his wife own their home, it is not handicap accessible or conducive to his needs as a recent amputee. There are many stairs and the home is not suitable for wheelchair use.

Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors is proud to partner with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Commodore Builders to provide the Skarinka family with a mortgage-free, 100-percent handicap accessible home in Hanson, MA.

MESSAGES FROM SUPPORTERS

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Paul Skarinka Key Ceremony

Paul Skarinka Ground Breaking

JAH4WW Skarinka One Year Family Reunion

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Sergeant First Class Chris Corbin

Sergeant First Class Chris Corbin

Military Branch: United States Army Special Forces
Location: North Carolina
Build Completion: May 2018

Sergeant First Class Chris Corbin entered military service in July 1995. Prior to becoming a Green Beret with the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), he served in various Army units such as the 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division (1995-1999), and the 1st Battalion, and 75th Ranger Regiment (1999-2002). On February 17th, 2011, Corbin was on his third tour to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). That day, he was on patrol with his Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) through a village in the Helmand Province, when he stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and suffered injuries to both legs resulting in a bilateral, below-the-knee (Bilat BK) amputation.

After stabilization, Corbin was immediately sent to Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he underwent several surgeries, after which, he embarked upon what was thought to be a long road to rehabilitation. On July 15th, 2011, less than five months after his injury, he was medically cleared to Return to Duty (RTD) with the 7th Special Forces Group (A).

On March 24th, 2012, 13 months after his injury, Chris, with his Green Beret father, Master Sergeant Nelson Corbin, ran his first 5K race to benefit the Fisher House on Eglin Air Force Base. His determination and will coupled with the support and motivation provided by his father and teammates enabled Chris to finish his first race in 27 minutes and 34 seconds.

MSG Corbin continues to motivate others by leading by example, and always pushing further ahead. JAH4WW was pleased to partner with the Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund to build this hero a injury specific, accessible, mortgage-free home in North Carolina in honor of his service and sacrifice to our country.

MESSAGES FROM SUPPORTERS

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Chris Corbin Ground Breaking

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