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 received their home on May 16, 2019.