SPC Jack Zimmerman
Jack grew up in the small town of Cleveland, MN. He played football, basketball, baseball, hunted, archery, trained dogs, fished, rode snowmobiles, worked on his truck, and spent time with his friends and family. He went to college to be an electrician, and then worked for a company wiring a hospital, school, and justice center.
Jack decided to join the military because it has been something he always wanted to do. He saw the difference his grandfather made by fighting, and he didn’t want that work to get to waste.
Jack joined the army on September 2, 2009 and reported to Fort Bending, GA where he completed basic training and Airborne School. He joined his unit (2/502 101st Airborne Division) in Fort Campbell, KY in February 2010. In March, he did his JRTC training at Fort Polk before deploying on June 6 to Afghanistan. His unit pushed hard, fought hard, and accomplished all their objectives, plus some.
On February 6, He took his mid-tour leave and flew home to Minnesota. His fiancé dropped him off at the airport on February 23rd to return back to Afghanistan. On March 9, at 10:30 am, he was on his way back to his COP after a dismounted patrol. As they began to take fire, he was running for cover and stepped on an IED,
He was rushed to Kandahar Airfield where his legs were amputated. He then went to Belgram and Landstuhl before arriving at Brooke Army Medical Center. He spent 8 weeks in the hospital before being discharged and now works out daily at the Center for the Intrepid.
He is a bilateral above the knee amputee. He has no function in his right hand and doctors do not know if they will be able to do anything with it. Three of the fingers on his right hand are also amputated. His life has been greatly affected by his injuries, he is very positive and has been working hard to get better and achieve by his goals.
His wife Megan, has been by his side every day since he arrived at BAMC. She was in school when he was injured and put her classes on hold and just recently graduated. Megan’s encouragement gives Jack the confidence he can accomplish anything. His parents and parents-in-law have also been huge in his recovery, along with his brother and brother-in-law.
Jack looks forward to getting on his legs and resuming a normal life-working, raising a family, hunting, sled hockey, basketball, and archery. He, also wants to share his story with others so he is able to motivate and inspire others to dream again.