Staff Sergeant Jason Ross, USMC - San Diego, California
SSgt. Jason Ross is an exceptional example of the tremendous commitment and sacrifice that our military service members around the world make on a daily basis to protect our country’s freedom.
Jason, a native of Livermore, Cal., and graduate of Granada High School, joined the United States Marine Corps in 2001. After returning from a tour in Japan in 2004, he reenlisted to a new field — explosive ordnance disposal (EOD). After completing his training, Jason was deployed to Afghanistan twice between 2009 and 2011. As an EOD specialist in Afghanistan, Jason put his life on the line day in and day out to protect our country’s freedom.
In March 2011, Jason nearly paid the ultimate price when he stepped on an improvised explosive device. He survived the blast, but lost both of his legs. Since the incident, he has lived life in and out of the hospital for two years, undergoing 200 surgeries. Jason was treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and later transferred to the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, Cal., in October 2011. He was finally able to return to his hometown of Livermore for the first time in 2013.
Jason is able to move about using a Paramobile, a wheelchair-like device that allows him to remain upright as if standing. The High Five Tour 2014 is raising funds to build a “smart home” for Jason and his family. His “smart home” will be designed to cater to his unique needs, creating an even greater sense of independence and a positive environment in which he can raise his two daughters.
“The lives of SSgt. Jason Ross and his family will be forever changed because of the sacrifices he has made for our country,” said Col. John Folsom, USMCR (Ret.), founder and president of Wounded Warriors Family Support. “Ross and his family deserve our nation’s support, and we are excited to see the lasting positive impact that this ‘smart home’ will have for them.”Previous Page