Marine Lance Corporal Jesse Medina
Marine Lance Corporal Jesse Medina was severely wounded in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan on Christmas Day in 2011 when an IED (improvised explosive device) detonated while conducting a dismounted patrol and ground combat operations.
This was LCPL Medina’s second combat tour in Afghanistan – he had been wounded a few months earlier, but wanted to return to combat.
LCPL Medina lost his right leg, and as a result of a severely mangled right arm, he experiences nerve and muscle loss of his right elbow and hand. His left middle finger was amputated and he lost range of motion in two other fingers on his left hand.
LCPL Medina is married to his high school sweetheart, Megan, and the couple has one child, Aidan.
When LCPL Medina is medically retired from the Marine Corps he will use his educational benefits to begin working toward a career in law enforcement. Megan is plans to become a teacher.
LCPL Medina received the following military service medals and commendations: Purple Heart (2), Navy Unit Commendation, NATO-ISAF Afghanistan Combat medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal, Marine Corps Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Marine Corps Combat Action ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism (GWAT) Service Medal and the Marine Corps Good Conduct medal.
Texas Sentinels Foundation Co-Founder Richard Filip noted the essential contributions of great community partners, sponsors, and introduced the project team leaders when the Medina home was presented: