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Jimmy Jacobs Breaks Ground on New Home for Wounded American Hero
In partnership with Operation Finally Home, an organization aimed at honoring disabled veterans with custom made, mortgage-free homes, Jimmy Jacobs Custom Homes will be breaking ground on a new home for Specialist (SPC) Michael Ryan and his family.
In 2008, Specialist (SPC) Michael Ryan, an Army Bio-Medical Equipment Specialist trained to service critical life-saving equipment used to treat wounded soldiers, suffered a traumatic brain injury shortly after his arrival to Iraq. Having previously served on Army Medic teams in Operation Enduring Freedom VII in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, SPC Michael Ryan was no stranger to the long list of injuries, many often fatal, which occur in battle. He had saved countless lives through his selfless service and care to many injured men and women, until he himself became one of those wounded soldiers.
The journey for SPC Ryan has been long and at times torturous, yet SPC Ryan remains positive about his recovery. Suffering from severe short term memory loss, extreme sensitivity to light, anxiety, depression, debilitating migraine headaches and intense chronic pain has left SPC Ryan to rely heavily on others. His wife, who has sacrificially given up her own career to care for her husband has managed to find several creative methods to help SPC Ryan maintain a sense of normalcy.
With a 40 appointment per week schedule and an inability to drive himself, SPC Ryan’s wife is a critical piece to his recovery. Working alongside his service dog, Kingsley, prescribed primarily as therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder, but also serving SPC Ryan in other key areas, the two have helped SPC Ryan successfully and admirably achieve several recovery milestones.
While SPC Ryan and his wife have gone through so much in their short married lives they are hopeful for a brighter future and have goals to send SPC Ryan to college at the University Of Mary Hardin Baylor (UMHB), a school that has a reputation for helping disabled veterans. Ryan is hopeful that UMHB will provide a comfortable and adaptive learning environment that will allow him to accomplish his educational goals and later, his dreams.
“We are thrilled to once again partner with Operation FINALLY HOME to give SPC Michael Ryan and his wife a new home and help them transition from the battlefront to the home front,” said Jimmy Jacobs, CEO and founder of Jimmy Jacobs Custom Homes. “Building this home is our way of showing gratitude for all our service men and women.”
The groundbreaking event on Saturday, February 18th marks the start of construction on the new 2400 square foot, 3-bedroom, 2 bathroom home. The Ryan home will be the 9th home Jimmy Jacobs Custom Homes has built for central Texans families in need and the 2nd with Operation Finally Home. Jimmy Jacob was also selected in 2007 by ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to build a new home for a local family in need.
To stay informed of the progress, visit http://www.jacobshomes.com/
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Known for innovative design and attention to detail, Jimmy Jacobs Custom Homes has been a leading custom home builder in Austin and Central Texas for over twenty years.