SPC Jarrod Addison
Army Specialist Jarrod Addison joined the Army to support his growing family in 2007. He had just proposed to his now wife, Brandi, and they were expecting their first child.
SPC Addison was accustomed to taking care of his loved ones: he dropped out of school in eighth grade to work so he could support his family after his stepfather got sick, and his mother and grandmother were injured in a car accident.
On May 9, 2011, SPC Addison was on his first deployment with the 615th Military Police Company in Zormat, Afghanistan, when he sustained a gunshot wound to his foot, resulting in severe damage to his left ankle. He was airlifted to Germany where he underwent several surgeries. He stayed in Germany for seven months to complete his rehabilitations, finally coming home in January 2012.
Jarrod and Brandi now have two children, Zoey and Jarrod Jr., and are expecting their third child in October 2017. The family is currently living in a two-bedroom apartment owned by Brandi’s parents. They are looking forward to having their own home in Jacksonville, Fla., one where their children can have their own rooms, and, most importantly, Jarrod can feel safe. Jarrod has already re-injured his ankle using the stairs, and Brandi worries about Jarrod’s safety while he is home alone.
In the future, Jarrod may decide to have his foot amputated to relieve him from daily pain and discomfort. His new home will provide him a safe place to recover and navigate in his wheelchair.
Jarrod has returned to school and is studying music production. His new home will give him the freedom to pursue this dream career of writing and producing music.
Jarrod is thankful for the gift Homes For Our Troops and its supporters provide to Veterans. “Homes For Our Troops is doing noble work, making a difference not just for Veterans, but their families as well,” he says. “I admire you and all that you do.”