SGT (Ret.) Tom Block joined the military in February 2010, inspired by his family's life-long involvement in public service. Eager to be a part of something "purposeful and special," he jumped at the chance to join the Army's elite Special Operations 75th Ranger Regiment, where he deployed four times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
On October 5, 2013, SGT (Ret.) Block was severely injured while on a mission in southern Afghanistan with the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment when his assault force encountered a suicide bomber who detonated herself in close proximity. The extensive injuries he suffered included the loss of his right eye, limited vision in his left eye, multiple shrapnel and burn wounds, a collapsed left lung, and a broken foot.
He was awarded the Purple Heart, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Combat Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and the NATO Medal
After countless surgeries and years of rehabilitation, SGT (Ret.) Block, with the help of his beautiful wife Janine and newborn son Colton, continues to thrive and overcome all obstacles in his way.
The Blocks are eagerly awaiting the ground breaking of their new home in New Hampshire in Spring 2018!
Healing, One Home at a Time
Our Rangers are among the most disciplined and skilled Warriors in the world, selflessly putting their lives on the front lines each and every day to protect our freedom. For our most severely wounded Rangers, their injuries are are often to the degree that their lives are irrevocably changed, threatening their independence and everything they once knew as a 'normal' life.
In 2014, Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund and Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors entered into a partnership when they joined forces to build state-of-the-art adaptable, mortgage-free, homes for our most severely wounded Rangers.
It is our hope that these "Homes that Heal" provide our Rangers and their families with the comfort, sense of stability, and, most of all, independence they deserve for their sacrifices.