Mukwonago, WI

Mission Accomplished on May 21, 2011

Jeremy Stengel joined the military to serve his country after the September 11th attacks. He enlisted in the Marines as an Infantry machine gunner with the Mobile Assault Platoon (MAP), Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division.

Jan. 31, 2007, started as a typical day on a route-clearing mission for Cpl Stengel in Iraq, performing a sweep of the main supply routes in the area.  Jeremy and three other Marines were in the vehicle providing rear security when they struck an improvised explosive device (IED). Jeremy lost his left leg and sustained severe muscle and nerve damage to his right leg.

Jeremy and his wife, Georgia, a registered nurse, are raising their children, Leo and Adeline. They enjoy attending local festivals and participating in outdoor activities with the kids. Jeremy enjoys wheelchair basketball and is an avid SCUBA diver. He is a member of the VFW post in his hometown, Waterford, Wis. Before receiving his specially adapted custom home, he could not freely utilize his wheelchair due to narrow hallways and doors.

Since receiving his HFOT home, Jeremy has had the financial freedom and independence to achieve his goals. He graduated from Bryant and Stratton College in 2018 with a degree in occupational therapy and now works as a PRN occupational therapist. He was inspired to pursue the field after going to therapy during his recovery. The barrier-free, open-concept home enables Jeremy to raise his children with Georgia safely.

Jeremy is grateful to HFOT donors and supporters who helped make his life easier. “For a group of people to do this for returning injured Veterans, you are true Americans. Your continued support helps not just the Veterans, but it also helps out their families. Thank you.”