…by Jonas E. Alexis, VT Editor, and Jared Allen
Jared Allen is an NFL legend, Hall of Fame hopeful and Nashville resident. He founded the Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors (JAH4WW). Pictures of the entire place can be found here: https://unrestrictedmktg.pixieset.com/jah4ww-travisdunnceyceremony/.
JEA: What motivated you to start such an ambitious project?
JA: I started my foundation after I came home from a USO tour in 2009. I had a buddy who was in the army and he had told me about the gap in adaptive housing for our wounded vets when they came home. Growing up around military vets, my grandpa always taught us to respect our vets because they are the reason we get to chase our dreams.
So after seeing the sacrifices made by our men and women who serve first hand I knew I needed to do something to serve them. No one deserves a slice of the America dream more than those who fight for it and having a functional home for themselves and their family is the least we could do.
JEA: What do you want people to get out of it?
JA: I would like people to understand that not all the needs of our vets are met when they get back for combat. We chose to address the adaptive housing issue, but there are serval holes in the system that civilians need to step up and fill.
As someone who has taken full advantage of what this country grants us I feel it’s my patriotic duty to make sure those who sacrifice to protect the freedoms we all enjoy are taken care of when they get out.
JEA: Many of our brothers and sisters have been wounded in the army, and Military Times even reported that more than 400,000 military men have suffered from brain injuries. How can a program like JAH4WW help those people?
JA: Our organization focuses on those injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our requirements are that they were wounded in one of those conflicts. The injuries that qualify for our organization are loss of limb, blindness, TBI that has debilitated their daily functions, and paralysis. We have seen that through the process of building these homes our recipients are getting their independence back.
JA: We have seen first had the transformations that happen emotionally and mentally. We have never said no as an organization to anyone who meets our criteria. If we can’t help someone we will always try and get them to an organization that can.