Cpl Jon Schumacher
Mission Accomplished on November 14, 2014!
Marine Corporal Jonathan Schumacher was on his second deployment when he suffered the traumatic amputations of both of his legs and amputations on his left hand in an IED blast in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on October 30, 2011.
While on a dismounted patrol, Cpl Schumacher stepped on a buried IED along a tree line. Originally sent to support another squad that had identified multiple IED’s, Cpl Schumacher was the 7th Marine in a group of 8 Marines who crossed a muddy field and had come upon a second tree line while on their way to question individuals who had been seen with weapons in the area. After stepping on the buried IED, Jon did not immediately know the damage caused by the blast.
As his squad risked their lives while rendering lifesaving aid, he tried to assist them by verbally setting up security to prepare for the MEDEVAC. With Jon alerting his Marines to areas where he believed they would encounter additional IED’s, they rushed him to the helicopter. (It was later discovered that Cpl Schumacher was correct in his assumption of where additional IED’s were buried, no doubt saving others from harm.)
Under enemy rifle and machine gun fire, Cpl Schumacher was brought to the landing zone and airlifted to Camp Bastion where he endured the first of many surgeries. Next flown to Bagram Air Force Base he was stabilized for transfer to Landstuhl, Germany where he remained for 7 days while doctors tried to control the bleeding in his lung.
Now medically retired, Jon enjoys spending time with his wife, Courtney and their two sons, Ethan and Easton. Jon enjoys many sports including; football, snowboarding, and golf. He enjoys coaching his boys and their sports teams and has most recently been coaching baseball and football. Jon has recently returned to college and is pursuing an engineering degree.
Jon and his family are enjoying the freedoms and the barrier-free environment a specially adapted home allowing Jon to focus on family and recovery as they all look to the future. “This home will allows me to be a father, husband, and better family man. Without this specially adapted home from Homes for Our Troops, I would not be able to help my wife with the raising and daily care of our family. Thank you for helping me live more independently and as an active, involved member of my family.”