Specialist Jared LaDuke, US Army

OPERATION HOMEFRONTJared was born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. After graduating high school, he worked for his father at LaDuke Concrete Construction for a few years before joining the Army in 2007. He went through basic training in Ft. Benning, Georgia, after which he was stationed in Ft. Hood, Texas, where he joined the 4th Infantry Division, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Battalion 66th Armor Regiment PSD. Jared’s unit deployed in early March 2008 to forward operating base (FOB) Rustamiyah near Sadr City, Iraq. On January 18th, 2009, Jared’s convoy was attacked. Jared was in the gunner hatch of the lead mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle (MRAP) which was hit by a six inch roadside dual-array explosively formed penetrator (EFP). He was struck in the left leg and was transported to Brook Army Medical Center where he underwent over 25 surgeries and three years of physical therapy in order to learn to walk and use his leg again.

Jared graduated with his A.S. in general science from the Northwest Vista College in San Antonio, Texas, in the summer of 2016. He then moved to Minnesota with his wife, Kayla, and currently attends the University of Minnesota Duluth where he is studying Data Science and will graduate from in the spring of 2019.  He is hoping to pursue a career in which he can make a difference in people’s lives by discovering the answers to the universe.

“With…the Sentinels organization, life for myself has become just that much more manageable and easier to deal with, knowing that you all are out there [and] able to provide support, solutions, and any avenues of approach to whatever struggles I may be experiencing at any given moment. The overall care and treatment I have received from the Sentinels of Freedom organization is unparalleled and like no other. Thank you from all of my heart for your assistance and support, and I look forward to our current and future partnership!”