Archive for the ‘Veterans’ Category

May 14, 2012

Blinded Marine Goes the Distance

Great news from a great friend: Since he was blinded by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2004, retired U.S. Marine Corps serviceman Michael Jernigan has gone the distance - returning to college, advocating for wounded warriors, getting married, and building a vibrant, active life of service to others. We couldn't be more excited to post some good news that Mike and his wife, Leslie, have just sent along.

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November 10, 2010

Moving Beyond Survival

Since a rocket attack in Iraq blinded and nearly killed him in 2008, Sgt. Joel Tavera has endured an endless regimen of surgeries and rehabilitation measures. Yet even in the few months since he joined the RFB&D community, it's been inspiring to see how far Joel has come toward living on his own terms – and how naturally he accentuates the positive.

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August 27, 2010

Hope and Healing

U.S. Army Sgt. Joel Tavera was injured and blinded by a rocket attack in Iraq on March 12, 2008 -- two days before he was scheduled to come home. He suffered burns on 60 percent of his body, lost his right leg, and has endured many surgeries and incredible challenges on his road to recovery. At the 65th annual Blinded Veterans Association Convention in Washington, DC, we were honored to meet Joel and his wonderful parents, Jose and Maritza.

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May 28, 2010

Working at My Own Pace

Blinded by a roadside bomb in Mahmudiyah, Iraq on August 22, 2004, retired Marine Michael Jernigan is now thriving in college and speaking out for veteran wounded warriors hoping to rekindle their education. At RFB&D's Access and Achievement Roundtable in Washington, D.C. earlier this year, he shared some personal thoughts on independence vis a vis his educational path.

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