Wounded Army Veteran’s A Warrior’s Wish of a pull-behind travel trailer is granted
Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope to service members, their families, and families of the fallen. Its first established program, A Warrior’s Wish, honors the goals and desires of severely wounded service members, veterans, and their families.
A lover of all things outdoors; camping, hunting and more, Jacobs requested a travel trailer allowing him the freedom to get back outdoors despite his injuries. Thanks to the more accommodating environment, the father of two plans to use the new trailer exploring Utah’s state parks and scenic outdoor attractions with his family.
“Thanks to Hope For The Warriors, this trailer is going to change my family’s lives,” said Jacobs. “This trailer means that we don’t have to sit around all summer dreaming of going camping and weighing the pros and cons of camping in a tent. Being an amputee, it’s sometimes difficult to see the outdoors as an option for any period of time. It’s really important to keep my residual limb clean and a trailer is really the best option to do that.”
Active in his local veteran community, Jacobs hopes to take other veterans camping in addition to using the trailer for family vacations. “My plan is to arrange camping trips with other vets, both disabled and not, to get out and learn adapting skills from each other, while enjoying the outdoors.”
In 2003, Jacobs enlisted in the U.S. Army and in January 2004 deployed to Iraq. He was responsible for supporting the infantry by assessing caches, weapons, and improvised explosive devices through route clearances. In December 2004, his Humvee was about 15 minutes outside of Kirkuk Air Base when an IED propelled him from the vehicle resulting in injuries.
He was evacuated and woke up three weeks later at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center from a medically induced coma. His doctors were able to save both of his lower limbs; however, he was missing part of his left calf and had a broken left tibia. Jacobs was not married at the time but his parents were by his side as he spent two years receiving treatment and rehabilitation before medically retiring from the Army in 2006.
Upon returning home to Utah, he enrolled in the University of Utah and graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in communications.
Due to his injuries sustained while serving, in 2013, his right lower limb was amputated above the knee.
Jacobs now serves as a motivational speaker for companies and schools.
“While serving in the military, many veterans make unimaginable lifelong sacrifices,” said Robin Kelleher, president and CEO of Hope For The Warriors. “It’s an honor for Hope For The Warriors to provide this travel trailer for Spc. Jacobs and his family, allowing them the freedom to get outdoors again. It’s very noble of him to continue to support his fellow military members with the trailer as well.”
In 2017, 12 wishes will be granted through Hope For The Warriors. The wishes fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors for those who have sustained severe physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty.
Since the program’s inception, A Warrior’s Wish has granted 165 wishes.
Donations are still being accepted to sponsor Jacobs’ wish. For sponsorship and volunteer opportunities for the A Warrior’s Wish program, contact Chrystal Keilers at firstname.lastname@example.org or (832) 776-9379.
To apply for a wish, visit http://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/story/19331538/a-warriors-wish and register online.
About Hope For The Warriors:
Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served more than 13,000 through a variety of support programs focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement and connections to community resources. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted 165 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 22,000 since 2010. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook or Twitter. ###