U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. Tom Block

U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. Tom Block

Warrior Profile

Minnesota native and U.S. Army Sgt. Tom Block, a Ranger with the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, was severely wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) 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 in close proximity to 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. Despite his injuries, Block remained upbeat and undeterred. He endured grueling recovery and rehabilitation to defy doctors’ expectations. 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 has selected Sgt. Block as its next home build recipient. JAH4WW is excited to begin work on a 100-percent handicap accessible home, specifically built for Sgt. Block’s individual needs.

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Military Rank: SGT

Home State: New Hampshire

Build Completion: 2018

U.S. Army Spc Daniel Tingle

U.S. Army Spc Daniel Tingle

Warrior Profile

In January of 2007 Spc Tingle was stationed in Iraq when he was struck by three motor rounds causing severe injuries to his feet and legs.

After enduring surgeries in Baghdad and Germany to sustain his life he was sent to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio to treat the wounds to his feet. Doctors attempted to save his left foot by using an experimental surgery, using bone and skin from his hip and leg to rebuild. After months in the hospital and physical therapy SPC Tingle was able to walk on his newly rebuilt foot. As the years progressed however, living a normal life became more difficult. SPC Tingle was in constant pain from his injuries and was unable to lead a normal life.

In December of 2015, after struggling through over 26 surgeries to address the pain, SPC Tingle had his left foot amputated. While the pain has subsided, amputation provides its own set of challenges. 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 pleased to be working with our partner, The United Brotherhood of Carpenters, to build a mortgage-free, 100-percent handicap-accessible home for SPC Tingle and his family in Minden, NV.

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Military Rank: SPC

Home State: Nevada

Build Completion: 2018

U.S. Army Green Beret SFC Joe Lowrey

U.S. Army Green Beret SFC Joe Lowrey

Warrior Profile

U.S. Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st 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. Now years removed from the incident, SFC Lowrey remains determined and has his sights set on regaining the ability to walk on his own. Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors would like to assist him by building a home in California specially designed for SFC Lowrey and his family, individually suited to fit his needs.

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Military Rank: SGT

Home State: California

Build Completion: 2018

SSG Travis Dunn

SSG Travis Dunn

Warrior Profile

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 date, 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.

Despite being paralyzed from the waist down, SSG Dunn remains positive. He and his wife look forward to starting a family together in Florida, and 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 the Dunns with a 100-percent handicap accessible home, built specifically for SSG Dunn’s needs.

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Military Rank: SSG

Home State: Florida

Build Completion: 2017

U.S. Army Cpl. Cesar Garcia

U.S. Army Cpl. Cesar Garcia

Warrior Profile

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 the following year. While on a mission to recover two prisoners of war on June 16, 2006, Cpl. Garcia suffered critical injuries in an explosion.

Cpl. Garcia’s 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 for Sundt Construction and is working to earn his degree in Business with an emphasis in accounting and finance. He plans to continue his education by earning a Master’s degree in 2017 and enjoys his home life coaching his son’s Peewee football team.

Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors has selected Cpl. Garcia as its next home build recipient and will build a home in Arizona that is 100-percent handicap accessible, specifically for his individual needs.

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Military Rank: CPL

Home State: Arizona

Build Completion: 2017

U.S. Army Cpl. Paul Skarinka

U.S. Army Cpl. Paul Skarinka

Warrior Profile

Cpl. 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.

Cpl. Skarinka 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 underwent 22 surgeries. 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, obtaining his EMT/Paramedic license to assist with the Plympton Fire Department and Brewster Ambulance Service. Still, his battle injuries remain a daily issue. 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. The only shower, which is not handicap accessible, is also located upstairs. A handicap accessible home tailored to his injuries will make a significant difference in his life.

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Military Rank: CPL

Home State: Masschusetts

Build Completion: 2017