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Mississippi Army National Guard Veteran Jack Walker
Mississippi Army National Guard Veteran Jack Walker started his journey with the United States Military in 2000 as a 12B Combat Engineer.
In 2005, Walker was deployed to Iraq to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom. About a month into the mission, while stationed as a gunner on a presence patrol, Walker’s Humvee was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED). He was ejected nearly 60 yards from the vehicle. As a result of the incident, a member of Walker’s platoon was killed in action (KIA), and Walker suffered a severe spinal cord injury. Residual effects of the accident resulted in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and debilitating migraines.
Due to health complications following the spinal cord injury, Walker had his left leg amputated below the knee. Walker is a father to two children and hopes to one day start a “Boy to Man” outreach program to teach young boys how to be productive men and fathers in the future. Walker has a passion for volunteering and giving back to his community.
In April 2018, Walker’s home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was completely destroyed in a fire. Thankfully, no one was home when the fire began but the home, and everything in it, was lost.
Operation FINALLY HOME along with Lowes and the local community are proud to provide the Walker family with a custom-built, mortgage-free home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.