Growing up in Albany, Georgia, United States Army Major Jeremy Haynes (Ret.) 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 deployed to Afghanistan, leaving at home his two children and his then-pregnant wife Chelsea.
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, through Chelsea’s inspiration to heal, Jeremy can stand and walk for short periods with adaptive equipment.
The family’s current home impedes Jeremy’s ability to perform everyday tasks. 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.