Military Branch: United States Army
Build Completion: TBD
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 200X, 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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