Sgt Aaron Jolly
Eaton Rapids, MI
Mission Accomplished on December 14, 2013
Army Sergeant Aaron Jolly was on his 2nd deployment when he was left paralyzed from the waist down in an IED blast in Pakhabe’ Shana in Eastern Afghanistan on March 19, 2011. The driver of the MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle), SGT Jolly and his teammates had entered the village on a peaceful mission, bringing Afghan and Jordanian soldiers to inspect the four local mosques for structural repairs that NATO and the Afghan government might help pay for, and bringing soccer balls to the village children. Upon arrival they received a cool reception from the village elders and rocks were thrown over mud walls by the local youth. A group of villagers diverted the convoy to exit through an alley, purposely sending them to the location of the buried IED.
Airlifted to the local hospital, SGT Jolly required resuscitation before enduring his first two surgeries. He was flown to Landstuhl, Germany two days later. Arriving at Walter Reed Army Medical Center on March 27th, SGT Jolly was treated in the ICU and Neuroscience ward before being transferred to the James A, Haley VA in Tampa, FL where he remained for seven months.
Despite his injuries, Aaron has taken an active parenting role and relishes all family activities. SGT Jolly enjoys do-it-yourself projects, working on cars, and playing video games. A sports fan, he enjoys basketball, football, and table tennis and most enjoys supporting local high school sports teams.
Since moving into his specially adapted home, Aaron has gotten married and started working for a company in the area that assesses and refurbishes military equipment.