United States Army Captain Jake Murphy (Ret.) spent his early years in Rye, New York and Wellesley, Massachusetts. One day Jake received a recruiting call from the lacrosse coach at the United States Military Academy and knew immediately it was his destiny. After graduating from West Point, Jake received his commission in to the Army as an Infantry Officer and deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan as the executive officer of his platoon.
On July 23, 2011, while on a mission in the Regional Command South area, a pressure plate improvised explosive device (IED) detonated beneath Jake, immediately taking his left foot and causing an anoxic brain injury that put him in a coma. Jake was evacuated to Germany for treatment, where doctors informed his family Jake may never wake up. While in Germany, Jake’s right leg was amputated. Against all odds, Jake emerged from his coma four weeks later. He then was flown to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where his left leg was amputated above the knee, leaving Jake a double amputee.
With his wife Lisa always by his side, Jake has learned to walk with prosthetic legs. Yet now Jake, Lisa, and their two children face a new obstacle as they currently live in their non-wheelchair-accessible house. The Gary Sinise Foundation is honored to provide a specially adapted smart home that will enable Jake and his family to overcome this challenge and begin a new chapter.