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

MSG Chris Corbin

MSG Chris Corbin

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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.

SFC Corbin is now MSG Corbin, as he was selected by the Department of Defense to be promoted to Master Sgt this year. He continues to motivate others by leading by example, and always pushing further ahead. JAH4WW is pleased to begin work on a mortgage-free, 100-percent handicap-accessible home in North Carolina for MSG Corbin, customized completely to better suit his needs.

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Military Rank: MSG

Home State: North Carolina

Build Completion: 2017

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Navy Corpsman Thomas Henderson

Navy Corpsman Thomas Henderson

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Navy Hospital Corpsman Thomas Henderson, 8404 Field Medical Technician, bravely served our country for four years and three months. He attended Naval Hospital Corps School and received specialized training in North Carolina before attaching to the 3rd Battalion 6th Marines at Camp Lejeune. He was deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan as an HN in January 2010. While in Afghanistan, HN Henderson was awarded his FMF device for his service with 3/6.

With just a short time left on his tour HN Henderson accepted a volunteer assignment with 3/6 Lima Company after one of their Corpsmen was injured by sniper fire. On July 4, 2010 – a week before his 21st birthday – HN Henderson was struck by 45 pounds of homemade explosives due to a remote detonated IED blast while on a routine Security Patrol. Through the combined efforts of his CLS trained Marines, a fellow Corpsman, and a timely Army Med-Evac chopper, HN Henderson made it safely to the Camp Bastion Hospital in Helmand Province, and from there endured a five-day journey to NNMC Bethesda.

Corpsman Henderson sustained critical injuries in the explosion, including the loss of his right leg above the knee, nerve damage along the left side of his body, major loss of motor function in his left arm and hand, and moderate traumatic brain injury. His injuries left him hospitalized for three months.

Corpsman Henderson then transferred to SAMMC in San Antonio, TX where he would spend the next two years undergoing extensive physical therapy and a total of 37 surgeries. He was finally medically released from service as an HM3(FMF) on Sep 28, 2012.

Today, Thomas is working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering, with aspirations to get a Master’s Degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics devices so that he may continue to help individuals throughout his life. Mr. Henderson resides in Forney, TX and is engaged to Ashtian. They have a son, Rowan Elic Henderson, who was born on May 08, 2016.

Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors has purchased a home in Texas for Corpsman Henderson and will remodel it later this year through our partnership with the Central South Carpenters Regional Council to make it 100-percent handicap accessible, built specifically for his needs.

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Military Rank: HM

Home State: Texas

Build Completion: 2017

Marine Cpl Kyle Moser

Marine Cpl Kyle Moser

Warrior Profile

In 2010, Cpl Moser joined the United States Marines and served in the Echo Company. During that time, he quickly gained a reputation as a hard-working, intelligent, and ambitious leader who was always willing to help those around him.

In November of 2011, while on foot patrol in Afghanistan, Cpl Moser sustained critical injuries after stepping on an improvised explosive device (IED) – including the loss of both legs and injuries to his right hand.

Despite his life-altering injuries, Cpl Moser has remained hopeful and positive. However, living in a home that is not handicap accessible has made even the simplest everyday tasks extremely challenging.

This year, Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors (JAH4WW) will provide the Mosers with a mortgage-free handicap accessible home to better suit their needs.

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Military Rank: CPL

Home State: Illinois

Build Completion: 2016

Marine Cpl Jed Morgan

Marine Cpl Jed Morgan

Warrior Profile

After graduating from Liberty High School in 2008, Cpl Jed Morgan joined the Marines in 2009. On December 17, 2011, he married Anna Morgan and three months later, was deployed to Afghanistan. On June 21, 2011, Jed was critically injured in an IED explosion in Afghanistan. As a result, he lost both of his legs and sustained several other injuries, including full loss of mobility in his dominant arm. Morgan spent the next 12 weeks at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he was honored with a Purple Heart for his service. He was then transferred to San Diego, California for additional therapy and treatment. Morgan and his wife, Anna, and their newborn daughter, currently reside in military housing in San Diego, California that is only available to them until June of 2015.

This year, Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors and the White Heart Foundation will provide the Morgans with a mortgage-free handicap accessible home to better suit their needs.

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Military Rank: SPC

Home State: Oregon

Build Completion: 2016

Army Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg

Army Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg

Warrior Profile

United States Army Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg was injured October 1, 2009, when his platoon hit a roadside bomb in Afghanistan during his 10th deployment to the Middle East. Remsburg suffered a penetrating head wound with shrapnel lodged in his brain, sending him into a coma for over three years. After undergoing dozens of surgeries and years of rehabilitation, Remsburg has made a miraculous recovery; however, he is still blind in his right eye and partially paralyzed on his left side.

After hearing his incredible story, Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors (JAH4WW) teamed up with Lead The Way Fund, among others to help raise money and awareness to purchase and remodel Remsburg’s mortgage free home to be handicap accessible.

In March of 2014, Rembsurg was given the keys to his completely remodeled home, including a wheel in pool for rehab, therapeutic spa, a guest home for his caregiver, and a home automation system from Crestron accessible from Remsburg’s wheelchair.

In addition to JAH4WW and Lead The Way Fund, this project was also made possible because of large donations and grants from organizations such as RIDE 430, The Joshua Chamberlain SocietyWells FargoThe Home DepotBoeing, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Military Rank: SGT

Home State: Arizona

Build Completion: 2015