Sergeant Jeremy Barnhart, US Army

Jeremy Barnhart joined the US Army in November 2003, serving as a medic. In August 2007, he deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, with 2/12 Infantry stationed out of Ft. Carson, Colorado. On October 5, 2007, his vehicle was hit by two anti-tank grenades that destroyed his armored vehicle. He sustained a significant concussion, later diagnosed as a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and shrapnel wounds that resulted in his return home after only two months in theater. He medically retired in 2011.

Jeremy was accepted into the Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation (SOF) program in April 2013; shortly after he attained his B.S. in Biology from the University of Texas, San Antonio. SOF continued to support him while he earned his Master of Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he graduated from in May 2016. Jeremy was supported by SOF through his board exams until he was gainfully employed in November 2016. He is now working with Almouie Pediatrics as a Physician Assistant.

Working as a Physician Assistant in Pediatrics is the culmination of a dream I have pursued since 2003 when I first joined the Army as a medic. There have been many hurdles along the way, but most of them I have been able to navigate myself. When I finally came up against some insurmountable obstacles to my education, Sentinels of Freedom was there to see me through. Thanks to this organization, I am living my dream.