U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. Tom Block
Minnesota native and U.S. Army Sgt. Tom Block, a Ranger with the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, was severely wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) while on his fourth combat rotation on October 6, 2013. Block was part of a joint task force that prevented a high profile suicide bombing attack in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Block was injured when the bomber detonated herself in close proximity to the assault force.
Sgt. Block lost his right eye and most of his vision in the other, in addition to withstanding severe leg injuries and shrapnel wounds across his body as a result of the explosion. Despite his injuries, Block remained upbeat and undeterred. He endured grueling recovery and rehabilitation to defy doctors’ expectations. Thanks to his determination and positive attitude, the Army Times named him Solider of the Year in 2014, citing his perseverance and ability to motivate others as key factors in the decision.
Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors has selected Sgt. Block as its next home build recipient. JAH4WW is excited to begin work on a 100-percent handicap accessible home, specifically built for Sgt. Block’s individual needs.