Growing up in Albany, Georgia, retired U.S. Army Major Jeremy Haynes watched the horrific events of September 11, 2001, unfold from his Marine Corps JROTC class. That day, he vowed to serve his country. Jeremy went on to earn a scholarship to Georgia Military College and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. He then deployed to Afghanistan.
On a mission in Kabul on August 5, 2014, an Afghan Military Solider shot Jeremy four times, including once in the back. Jeremy was evacuated to Germany, then to Walter Reed Military Medical Center, and woke up with Chelsea by his side.
The shot to his spine had severed Jeremy’s vena cava and 80% of the nerves to his lower extremities, paralyzing both his legs. He has faced a long and painful recovery. One day, however, Jeremy wrote, “I WILL WALK AGAIN” on a sheet of paper. He stared at that paper for hours and every day after. Now, Jeremy can stand and walk for short periods with adaptive equipment.
A specially adapted smart home will allow Jeremy to continue to progress in reclaiming his independence. The Gary Sinise Foundation is proud to support the Haynes family.