Jason spoke eloquently and passionately about his experiences as a soldier in Iraq. He told how proud he was to be assigned to a tank after he joined the army following 9/11. He gave some anecdotes of his experiences following his deployment.
Then he told of the night he was injured by an IED. He was told he would never walk again, had 13 surgeries and months of rehabilitation. He told of his isolation after he returned home.
The first bright spot during his hospitalization was receiving a backpack from the Wounded Warriors. It contained essentials such as a Tshirt and toiletries. After returning home, the Wounded Warriors helped him reenter the world. They sponsored social events where others with similar stories could connect and share experiences. They offer educational opportunities and job training.
Jason was a powerful speaker about how his life was saved by the Wounded Warrior Project. It made us proud to think that our donations have helped him and other injured soldiers.