Rob Jones Blog- The 5th Floor

After my condition stabilized, I was transferred to the fifth floor of the hospital, onto Ward 5 East. The fifth floor was where all of us wounded guys went to heal, and would be my home for the next month. Remembering it now, it seems like it lasted closer to four months. Unfortunately, I had separated from Daniel at this point. He was still stuck down in the ICU, so I had moved ahead in the race. In order to keep his spirits high, Bill recorded a message from me on his iPhone, and took it down to the ICU for Daniel. My message was simple: our first step is to get working out again to regain our strength, and our second step is to READ MORE…

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Rob Jones Blog- ICU

It took me five days to make it from a dusty, uncomfortable blast crater in Afghanistan to a sterile, uncomfortable hospital bed in the ICU at National Naval Medical Center, in Bethesda, MD. Luckily for me, I was much too high on Dilaudid to notice the bed, or the trip. My amputations had started out below the knee, but somewhere during the three hospital stops along the way the need arose for the remaining portions below my knees to be taken off. A lot of the time this is due to infections that are picked up from the dirt in Afghanistan. Or maybe there wasn’t much that existed below the knees to make keeping them viable. On the bright side, however, the stumps that were READ MORE…

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Patton Veterans Project Receives $5,000 Grant from Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes

LEESBURG, VA (Feb. 3, 2015) – The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes (Coalition), a leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to rebuilding the lives of severely wounded veterans of the global War on Terror, today announced the awarding of a $5,000 grant to the Patton Veterans Project, Inc. The grant will help fund a therapeutic filmmaking workshop for wounded veterans planned for Fort Stewart, GA, in early February. The Patton Veterans Project uses therapeutic filmmaking to help veterans and military families cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Their collaborative I Was There film workshops enable veterans to connect with one another, make sense of their traumatic experiences and substantially reduce their symptoms of PTSD. “We believe every veteran’s story matters and deserves to be understood, and that READ MORE…

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