Sergeant Brian Jergens
Army Sergeant Brian Jergens was on his first deployment when he lost both of his legs, below the knee, suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, hearing loss, internal organ damage, a broken neck, and damage to his right elbow in an IED blast in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan on August 7, 2011.
An Army Medic, SGT Jergens was the driver of the fourth HUMMVEE in a convoy that day, and was thrown from the vehicle. Life-saving measures performed by his teammates prepared him for medevac to Tarin Kowt Hospital and then the Kandahar Airfield Hospital (KAF). Next transported to Bagram Air Force Base, Brian would also be treated in Landstuhl, Germany before arriving stateside. Arriving at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX on August 14, 2012, Brian remained there until September 19, 2012 when he was transferred to Palo Alto Poly Trauma Center in California; he continues his treatments and therapies there at this time.
SGT Jergens grew up in a military family, attending more than many schools before graduating from high school in Lawton, Oklahoma while his father was stationed at Fort Sill. Brian and his wife, Jennifer enjoy attending sporting events and concerts, and walking their dogs. They look forward to the day when Brian can begin working toward his college degree and would like to start a family in the future. Knowing that Brian’s specially-adapted home will be built to address his specific needs will give them security and stability as they focus on Brian’s recovery and their future.
SGT Jergens would like to thank everyone who he says, gave him a “reason to serve”. Jennifer Jergens would like to let you know how important this gift of a home will be in their lives, “We will finally not have to worry about finding a safe, accessible place to live. We currently live in base housing which is fine while Brian is still receiving treatment, but once he is medically retired, we had no idea what we were going to do…until now. Thank you, Homes for Our Troops.”