Sentinel Stories

“My injuries have reshaped my family and my life altogether. SOF helped me not to forget that there are still good people in this world.  Strangers reaching out to help me seemed unreal and made me distrustful. SOF reopened that door of trust I have closed off to the world.”

— John Jae Terry

John Jae Terry

Lieutenant Commander, US Navy
Catholic University - Columbus School of Law,
JD in Criminal Justice/Law

Jae has multiple combat deployments as a Navy SEAL including 3 to Afghanistan, 1 to Iraq, and 1 to Africa.  While on foot patrol in an Afghani opium field Jae’s group was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and a rocket propelled grenade (RPG).  Jae suffered from multiple physical injuries including: severe trauma to his right leg and left arm, a hip dislocation, multiple burns, and a traumatic brain injury (TBI).  His battle wounds left him with severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 

Jae would spend the next several years trying to salvage his left arm and right leg.  His arm responded to the process; however, his leg did not.  After 2 ½ years of limb salvage, Jae came to the decision to amputate his right lower leg. 

Sentinels of Freedom was there for Jae and his family when he needed them most.  His decision to continue his education at Catholic University of America’s law school would not be easy. SOF assisted him with living and housing expenses and a mentorship with Jack Farley that assisted him in achieving his dream to advocate in guiding and shaping cyber and communication policy to help protect his community in a new capacity.

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