Name: E5 Jeremy Jackson
Branch of Service: Army
Wish: Pickup Truck
of Goal Raised
Description of Injury:
Jeremy received his Pickup Truck with a sponsorship from Fedex Ground!
When Jeremy was 18, he was working with his father as a plumber. He wasn't interested in that line of work and wanted to do something more, something that would push him and motivate him.
Shortly after September 11, 2001, he decided to join the U.S. Army to serve and protect our country. Little did he know, that late in the year of 2005, his life would forever change. On August 13, 2005, while on a mission near Fallujah, Iraq, Jeremy's unit came under attack. He was shot in his upper left arm by an enemy sniper. If it were not for the medic, Jeremy would have bled to death, because the gunshot hit his main artery. He was immediately flown to the army medical hospital in Germany and then transferred back to Eisenhower Medical Center in Georgia. While there, Jeremy had multiple surgeries on his arm, including an ulnar nerve graft. About a year later, he was sent back home to Pennsylvania. Over the past seven years, Jeremy has had more surgeries and plastic hand surgeries to try and help him gain movement back in his arm and hand, including three tendon transfers. The gunshot hit everything but his bone, which caused severe muscle loss and ultimately destroyed his tendons and caused atrophy in his fingers. These surgeries do not hold up long, and he will have to continue to receive these surgeries for his entire life. His left arm is permanently and totally disabled. Jeremy is unable to work due to his disability and also has a hard time day-to-day doing certain activities that require the use of both hands. But what bothers Jeremy the most is suffering from chronic PTSD everyday. The war might be over, but it will never be over inside his head.
Jeremy met his wife Kelly before he deployed to Iraq in 2004. In September of 2007, they reconnected and three months later, Jeremy proposed to Kelly right before Christmas. One week later, they were surprised to find out they were going to have a child together. They had no time or money to plan a wedding, so they were married at the justice of the peace on January 7, 2008. Later that year they welcomed their first son, Jeremy Junior, into the world. On December 22, 2009, they welcomed another son, Zander, into the world. Kelly is Jeremy's biggest supporter and advocate and even gave up everything to take care of him and make sure he was getting the care he needed. She is now a stay at home mom and full-time caregiver to Jeremy. In her spare time, she volunteers for a nonprofit called Operation Homefront's Hearts of Valor, where she mentors and holds a support group for other caregivers and family members that take care of their wounded warriors.
Jeremy's number one wish would be to have his own full size pickup truck. Due to the financial difficulties,his family deals with due to living solely off of disability, they are only able to have one family vehicle. This makes it extremely difficult between traveling to VA appointments, doctor visits for the family, going to preschool and school field trips, as well as extra curricular activities for their children. If Jeremy could have his own truck, it would give he and our family peace of mind. He would feel like he has his independence back, and he would be able to enjoy his favorite pastimes like fishing, hunting, and camping with his family. All of his life, he has wanted a truck and having one would truly be a dream come true for Jeremy.