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 because 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 accessible home, built specifically for Sgt. Block’s needs.

MESSAGES FROM SUPPORTERS

  • Megan Block
    on October 14, 2021, 1:06 pm
    Thank you for all you do and continuing to keep on keepin’ on. We love you!
  • Jennifer Ebertowski
    on October 12, 2021, 2:33 am
    Thank you!!
  • Daniel Rux
    on October 12, 2021, 12:08 am
    You inspire everyone without any words Congrats Tom!
  • Jackie (LaMont) Tiegs
    on October 11, 2021, 9:50 am
    Thank you for your service and sacrifices from your hometown of Waseca.
  • Barb Kunz
    on October 10, 2021, 11:43 pm
    Tom—you are amazing!! Thanks for your sacrifices and defending our freedoms!
  • Jill
    on October 10, 2021, 10:04 pm
    Thank you for you service and you and your family’s sacrifice for all of us! May God bless you!
  • Corrinne Ely
    on October 10, 2021, 7:19 pm
    Happy Alive Day Tom! Thank you for your service to our country and your positive attitude to keep on keeping on! Sending hugs from Cleveland, Minnesota!
  • Alyssa Spies
    on October 10, 2021, 7:02 pm
    Thank you for your service Tom!
  • John and Sandy Madsen
    on October 10, 2021, 5:16 pm
    You are a true inspiration, much Love from Waseca?
  • Dawn Quiram
    on October 10, 2021, 3:16 pm
    Happy Alive Day Tom. You lived just down the road from us in Waseca, we didn't follow your wrestling journey after high school but have been following your life journey. Thank you for your service! We are proud to say we are your neighbors!
  • Monica Lee Schutrop
    on October 10, 2021, 2:32 pm
    So many thanks for your dedication and sacrifices to our great country. You are the real meaning of a superhero! Sending you extra hugs and love from Southern Minnesota to you and your family.
  • Danny Rosenthal
    on October 10, 2021, 2:29 pm
    God Bless you Tom and your family. You are an American hero!! Take care and keep up your hard work!
  • Cathy & Devin Hoy
    on October 10, 2021, 1:54 pm
    Thank you for your Service.. God Bless
  • Rhonda Conrath
    on October 10, 2021, 1:05 pm
    You are not only a hero but are an inspiration to all; God bless you and your family in your new, well deserved home❤️
  • Carol Ann & Don Bauman
    on October 10, 2021, 4:21 am
    God bless you and your family and thank you for your service. We need more young people like you!
  • DrKaye Case
    on October 10, 2021, 3:32 am
    An American who cares about our constitution and gave his all to keep us free. Thanks over and over doesn’t say enough about his courage.
  • Evelyn & Joe Barnes
    on October 10, 2021, 1:06 am
    Thank you for your service Tom! We love you!
  • Rhonda and Howard Friesen
    on October 10, 2021, 12:31 am
    Tom and family, thank you for your service and the sacrifice you have given. I keep up on your life with your Mom and Dad back in MN. It's exciting to see the kids growing.
  • Scott O’Connell
    on October 10, 2021, 12:31 am
    You are an inspiration to all of us. Thank you for your service, your sacrifice and your tenacity.
  • Darcy Barnes
    on October 9, 2021, 10:21 pm
    Thank you for your service. Grandpa was so proud of you! As we all are. Love you! Uncle Keith and Aunt Darcy
  • Cindy
    on October 8, 2021, 3:05 am
    Thank you for your service and sacrifice. God's blessings to you and your family always.
  • Dan & Carol Connor
    on October 7, 2021, 11:35 am
    Thank you for your service Tom. You are an inspiration to so many! ?
  • Lois Twedt
    on October 7, 2021, 12:59 am
    Thank you for your service. You have given much for your country!
  • Randy Lackey
    on October 7, 2021, 12:40 am
    God bless you and your family. With God on your side you can overcome anything. Stay strong. Thank you for your service. US Army 1970-1972.
  • Kristine Crump
    on October 6, 2021, 11:59 pm
    Thank you for your service. Your sacrifices mean so much to all of us. Enjoy your new home with your beautiful family!
  • Jason
    on October 6, 2021, 11:57 pm
    Thank you Sgt. Block and congrats on the new home!
  • Gayleen Hume
    on October 6, 2021, 11:20 pm
    Thank you for your sacrifice and your service. I'd like to send you a Star from an American flag with a card of appreciation email me your address humegayleen@gmail.com Sincerely, Gayleen
  • Stacey Bruce
    on October 6, 2021, 10:50 pm
    Thank you for your service. You are a true American Hero!! May God bless you and your family.
  • Daina Anderson
    on October 5, 2021, 6:25 pm
    Happy Birthday, SGT. Tom Block - Love ya, Cousin!
  • Gail
    on October 5, 2021, 4:40 pm
    Happy Birthday. Thank you for your service
  • Julee
    on October 4, 2021, 11:41 pm
    Thank you for your service...it's not often enough you hear that in today's world. I hope you enjoy your new home and good luck with your continued recovery!
  • Vicki
    on June 1, 2021, 4:34 pm
    Sgt Block ... thank you for your service. Your courage and perseverance are inspiring. Bless you.
  • Lewis Carter
    on May 30, 2021, 2:45 pm
    God bless you sergeant. Missing people like you in the world, we owe you a debt we cannot repay.
  • Peter F McDuffie
    on March 11, 2021, 10:38 pm
    As a fellow veteran I love what you're doing helping the children who have been hurt by predators I am an operation enduring freedom combat veteran trying to get my disability but you have my support here in Las Vegas for what you do for these children please contact me if you can thank you.
  • Dilan Hall
    on January 24, 2021, 7:34 am
    Thank you for you service Sgt. You truly are an American hero and you make me proud to be an American. God bless and much love.

VIDEOS

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

Event Photos

GROUND BREAKING

KEY CEREMONY