Name: PFC Jeffery Taylor
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Wish: A New Fishing Kayak
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PFC Jeffery Taylor joined the U.S. Army simply because he wanted to serve his country. He completed a majority of his training at Fort Sill in Oklahoma and was stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia with the 3rd Infantry Division. During January 2003 PFC Taylor was deployed to Kuwait to support the invasion of Iraq in March. On 4 April 2003, PFC Taylor was in his Tracked vehicle with his men when an enemy mortar exploded next to their position. The explosion caused the vehicle to roll over an embankment into a water-filled canal. The vehicle quickly sank to the bottom and all of his team was trapped, underwater, in their vehicle. PFC Taylor's leg was crushed but he was able to keep his nose and mouth above the water line. PFC Taylor was rescued but all of the other men in his truck passed away during that attack. He was the only survivor from the vehicle explosion. PFC Taylor's leg has healed but he currently suffers from severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), left leg nerve damage and hearing loss.Wish:
As PFC Taylor undergoes regular treatment for his PTSD and TBI, there is one therapeutic activity that does more for his recovery than any medications or counseling are able to provide. PFC Taylor enjoys kayak fishing and being out in the outdoors on the water! Being out in a kayak helps in his recovery process tremendously and provides him a peaceful place and aids in his recovery!