SALUTE TO THE BRAVE - HERO PROJECT
Jeff Kelly's biography:
I joined the Army at 17 in December of 1999. I was a mechanic and recovery specialist. In February of 2003 I was sent to Iraq during the start of the war and served as a gunner with the 3rd infantry division. My second tour was in 2004. I returned home and met my future wife shortly after returning.
In 2008, as a Staff Sergeant, I was deployed for my third and ultimately final time. I left for Iraq just four days after our second child Lindsey was born. I was in charge of recovery and maintenance on the convoys I participated in. On August 13th of 2008 around 2:30 am a 120-mm mortar landed within a foot of me knocking me unconscious. I was Medevac to Germany then to Ft. Benning, GA for treatment to begin. Six months after my deployment I was able to see my family and Lindsey for the first time since she was born. The injuries I sustained left me in a wheelchair for nearly 6 years, a traumatic brain injury and severe PTSD. After many failed treatments I was retired from the Army in 2011 at 28 years old. August 1st of 2014 my left leg was amputated below the knee in hopes that I would recover. That was a very tough decision but one of the best decisions for me, my family, and my recovery. My Jeep has been very therapeutic to me and has really helped with my PTSD and anxiety issues. > Jeffery Kelly
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