CWO3 JEFFREY PCOLA
Lake Keowee, SC
Mission Accomplished on June 18 2011
Marine CWO3 Jeffrey Pcola sustained spinal and internal injuries as well as a broken neck. On March 27, 2003, while commanding 24-hour reconnaissance operations in Ad Diwaniyah, Iraq, the convoy CWO3 Pcola was driving came under attack. While preparing to step from the Fox Reconnaissance Vehicle, an enemy mortar impact within 100 meters blew CWO3 Pcola from the moving vehicle.
Additional mortar attacks followed and small arms fire rang out all around leaving no immediate available corpsman support to treat CWO3 Pcola. Participating in the firefight, CWO3 Pcola continued commanding his troops and returned enemy fire despite the pain of his injuries.
After returning to the United States, Jeffrey underwent surgeries and therapies at multiple medical facilities.
Injuries to Jeffrey’s neck, vertebrae, hip and spinal cord have resulted in significant difficulty walking. He was also diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, which causes chronic, severe pain, further degrading his ability to walk and to perform many day to day tasks.
Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife Maria and their two children Megan and Cody. He obtained an associate’s degree in business and is currently pursuing an associate’s degree in applied engineering for gunsmithing. He is also into beekeeping, and has six hives on his property.
Jeff is grateful to be living in a specially adapted home. “Having the chance to become more independent makes life so much easier on my family. We would like to thank everyone involved with this program… being a part of the Homes For Our Troops family makes every day living a whole lot brighter.”