Actor Gary Sinise is turning around the life of a marine who lost both his legs while serving his country 9 years ago.
Jonathon Blank joined the Marine Corps after graduating high school in 2006. Four years later, while serving in Afghanistan, he was caught in a blast that took both his legs and left him with shrapnel injuries to his arm and head.
After losing his legs, life became very challenging for the 32-year-old. He is still plagued by chronic pain, migraines, and insomnia. The situation was made worse by the high cost of rehabilitation that he required.
“The world is not meant for people with disabilities. It’s just a hard truth and that’s something that I’ve dealt with every day since I was injured.” Bank said.
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Today marks my 8th “alive date”. Or whatever they call it, point is the bastards couldn’t kill me. I’ve been through so much physical, and emotional pain. I would say that suffering has been a constant companion of mine. The worst pain was the loss of a brotherhood and the most amazing job in the world #forcerecon #reconmarine. The physical and mental toughness that allowed me to obtain the title of recon marine kept me going through all of this. I REGRET NOTHING, I AM PROUD OF MY SERVICE AND TO BE A UNITED STATES MARINE. TO HAVE BEEN AN ELITE WARRIOR. The #sacrifice Ive made for my friends and my country men didn’t stop, it continues every day of my life. Do not look at yourself as being unlucky, cursed, or a victim. Take pride in adversity and rise to the occasion! Overcome any obstacle in your way and let the world know who you really are and what your made of! ARruuuugaaaah!!! #veterans #usmc #sanginvalleygunclub #afghanistan #afghanistanwar #reconmarine #marinereconnaissance #scoutsniper #sniper #sacrifice #brotherhood #specialamphibiousreconnaissancecorpsman #reconcorpsman #freedom #purpleheart #dontbeapussy #adventuretime #adventure #ultimateadventures #gotthefullcombatexperience #sendit #nevergiveup #neversurrender #nerverquit #suckitupprincess #fml yea right 😂 #warriorproud #warrior This is a day that my brother marines always remember and my family never has forgotten. It’s a day they always shed tears over. I don’t shed tears… Thank you to all my brother marines, my family, and my close friends in Utah who continue to love and support me!!! Lucky enough that to tag you all would make this post waaaaaay longer! You know who you are and I LOVE YOU! For the brothers, for the constitution, the country, and freedom.
Fortunately, Hollywood actor Gary Sinise heard about Blank’s condition and decided to help. According to reports, the Forrest Gump star, known for his philanthropy and kindness, contacted Blank to let him know that the Gary Sinise Foundation has decided to help by gifting him a custom-made home.
A pleasantly surprised Blank revealed to KSL that the gift made the next phase of life much easier. “It’s such an incredible gift. Even some of those tough guys, when they found out about this, they got pretty emotional about it.” The marine said.
Sinise, who’s character in Forrest Gump, Lt. Dan Taylor, is disabled after serving in Vietnam, has already helped to build 58 homes for wounded vets through his Gary Sinise foundation.
Jorgenson Builders, who build custom homes for Sinise’s foundation, say Blank’s new home is expected to be ready within a year and will be energy efficient, have light fixtures and shades that can be remotely controlled, a customized kitchen and will also have voice-activated technology.
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Blank’s girlfriend, Brittney Harris, is overjoyed to witness the difference the smart home will make. “He’s dragging, hauling all his stuff up and down the stairs all the time. Nothing slows him down, but just to imagine cupboards that he can pull down and reach rather than having to jump up there, it’s going to be such a huge difference for him.” She said.
A big thank you to Gary Sinise and his amazing foundation. You guys are real-life heroes!
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