Military Warriors Support Foundation | Combat-Wounded Veterans, Gold Star Families

We had the privilege of presenting retired U.S. Army Cpl. Herbert “Bubba” Youmans the keys to his move-in ready, mortgage-free home in Columbia, Mississippi. This gift will assist him and his family in their transition from military to civilian life. The home was donated by Bank of America to Military Warriors Support Foundation and was given to Bubba through their Homes4WoundedHeroes program.

 


 

When asked why he wanted to join the military, Bubba said,

 

“Serving my country was always my dream, my passion.”

 

 

Cpl. Herbert “Bubba” Youmans joined the U.S. Army after graduating high school in June 2005 following basic training, he was deployed to Iraq, and later moved to Kuwait where he had to stay for 30 days until he turned 18.

When the time came, Bubba was flown back to Iraq. In 2006, Bubba received a Purple Heart for injuries sustained from an IED blast while on dismounted patrol. Bubba’s squad leader, Danny O’Neel recalls the time in a Facebook post saying he

 

“As his squad leader, I felt helpless and disheartened. But, Bubba’s love for his country and fellow warriors has kept his spirits, and ours, high.”

 

Bubba was forced to medically retire in November 2007 due to his injuries. On April 6, 2017, Military Warriors Support Foundation awarded Youmans and his family with a newly-renovated, mortgage-free home in Columbia, Mississippi.

Welcome Home Bubba!

Stories of our Heroes: US Army SGT Jamie Jarboe

The Military Warriors Support Foundation honors the sacrifice of Jamie Jarboe by assisting his surviving spouse. Working with our generous donors, we are happy to be awarding her a move-in ready, mortgage-free home.

 


Jamie Jarboe started his military career by joining the Indiana National Guard. A little time later he enlisted into the Regular Army, where he would spend the next 10 years of his life. He ended up serving two combat deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan, where he faithfully served and ultimately gave his life in service to his country, his comrades and his family.

 

Jamie’s Command Sergeant Major spoke very highly of him,

 “I was Jamie’s CSM. He was a completely honorable man and I worked with him on day-to-day operations. He was a young Soldier who could always get things done and had a great attitude. He loved cars, he had a yellow and black Dodge truck that looked like a bumble bee. He just loved that thing. He could talk about cars all day long if you let him. He was a great guy.”

 

Command Sergeant Major is one of the highest ranks that can be achieved in the enlisted ranks of the U.S. Army.

 

Melissa Jarboe and her husband, Jamie Jarboe eloped on Valentine’s Day 2011 and Jamie was deployed to Afghanistan later that month. In just 2 short months, while patrolling in the Zhari district he was shot by a sniper. The Fort Riley Soldier endured more than 100 surgeries as he fought to recover from his injuries, but ultimately succumbed to his combat incurred wounds on March 21, 2012.

 

“Jamie loved the military so much that even in his last few days, when asked if he regretted or would change anything, he said ‘No, I’d take the bullet again,‘ ” his wife said.

 

To read more about the life of Jamie Jarboe, please visit: http://www.melissajarboe.com/

 

 

 

Stories of our Heroes: USMC Sgt. Wilbert Enriquez

Will joined the US Marine Corps in October of 2002 to give back to the country who has given so much.

 

HE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A MARINE.

 

In March 2010, he was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom – And only a few short months later while on a mounted patrol his vehicle struck an IED. He was the recipient of a Purple Heart for wounds sustained while on that combat mission. Additionally, he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with ‘V’ Device and Combat Action Badge for his actions in Afghanistan. The wounds he sustained ended his career in the United States Marine Corps.

 

It was this January, the Military Warriors Support Foundation was able to award Will Enriquez and his family with a beautiful, mortgage-free home in Kingwood, Texas. This incredible privilege to serve one of our nation’s combat wounded heroes will help him make the difficult transition from military to civilian life.

 

Settling into his home, Will has an incredible gift and talent, as he makes hand carved canes for veterans and gives them out at the local VA hospital. Recently, a wood carving machine was donated to him to help him make special and precise cuts.

 

He visits the his local VA every Thursday and is very passionate about the creative side of wood carving. His canes will be featured in an auction on July 4, 2017 at his local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).