Five-time NFL Pro Bowl player Jared Allen and his foundation, Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors (JAH4WW), their partners at the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, and general contractor, Welliver, are building and donating a mortgage-free, 100% accessible home in Bath, NY for local wounded United States Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Staff Sergeant Brent Nadjadi. The home for SSG Nadjadi will be the first home built by JAH4WW in New York.
SSG Nadjadi was critically wounded while deployed in Afghanistan in 2010 during a mission to conduct route clearance operations. Despite dozens of limb salvage surgeries, Nadjadi eventually lost both of his legs. He still maintains his sense of service and “can’t hold me down” attitude. He serves as a player and board member of the USA Patriots “America’s Amputee Softball Team,” opened a gym called Project Iron with his twin brother, and also serves his community as an officer for the Village of Canisteo Police Department.
Brent currently lives in Bath, NY in a home where stairs are dangerous obstacles, showering is a perilous task, and the absence of other handicap-accessible features can lead to further injuries and daily difficulties for an amputee. His new home will be 100% accessible and tailored specifically to accommodate SSG Nadjadi’s injuries and will include adaptations making it easier to live his daily life in the comfort of a home that works for him.
The home for SSG Nadjadi is a continuation of the strong collaboration between JAH4WW and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) nationwide, and for this project in New York, the UBC’s North Atlantic States Regional Council, which previously partnered with the foundation to build a home for CPL Paul Skarinka in Massachusetts. The JAH4WW is currently building three additional homes across the country with the help of the UBC.
“I can’t even begin to express how much I appreciate our veterans, and how lucky I am to have the opportunity to call these heroes my friends.” said Jared Allen. “I can’t help but think about the men and women fighting for us today that will need our help. With the help of our sponsors and donors I look forward to continuing to give our veterans the home they earned for their service and sacrifice.”
ABOUT Staff Sergeant Brent Nadjadi
Staff Sergeant Brent Nadjadi was born and raised in the small town of Bath, New York. A village where today he is known as a fitness enthusiast and a local hero following his service and sacrifice in the U.S. Army. In February 2008, Brent enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Heavy Equipment Operator. A little over a year later, SSG Nadjadi’s unit was deployed to eastern Afghanistan to conduct route clearance operations. On September 13, 2010, his up-armored vehicle was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Brent sustained multiple fractures in both legs and feet, had a crushed vertebra, a broken spine, and a broken jaw during the incident. Doctors were initially optimistic that limb salvage could prevent amputation. After a year and a half of ongoing care and multiple surgeries, Brent made the difficult decision to move forward with a below the knee amputation on his right leg in 2012. A gradual decline in bone and tissue in his left leg ultimately resulted in a second amputation in March 2020, rendering him a bi-lateral amputee.
Brent retired from the U.S. Army in April 2013 and found his calling through fitness and adaptive sports. Brent serves as a player and board member for the USA Patriots “Americas Amputee Softball Team” where they strive to show people that life without limbs is limitless.
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ABOUT Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors
Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors (JAH4WW) is a non-profit organization created for the sole purpose of raising money to build or modify homes for America’s injured military veterans. JAH4WW was established in October 2009 after NFL star, Jared Allen returned home from a trip to the US Military bases in the Middle East. Jared was moved by the commitment, dedication, and sacrifices that our soldiers make every day to protect our freedom. It is Jared’s hope that this foundation will help make the lives of wounded vets a little bit easier. Since its inception, JAH4WW has built 16 homes with 4 homes currently under construction in Florida, Tennessee, Michigan, and California. For more information please visit: http://www.homesforwoundedwarriors.com
ABOUT North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters
The North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters represents more than 28,000 men and women employed by the leading residential and commercial general contractors and carpentry subcontractors in the region. Work performed by carpenters includes: wood framing; concrete; interior metal framing and drywall; ceilings; window installation; flooring; doors and hardware; finish/trim; mill work and furniture installation; pile driving; marine construction and diving. The union prides itself on offering the most comprehensive apprenticeship and life-long skills upgrade training to members at 18 locations. Curriculum is developed by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters with industry experts and often shared with vocational training programs. For more information visit nasrcc.org, and find the NASRCC on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Youtube.