Specialist Jeffrey Argrave of Baton Rouge, La served in the US Army and completed a tour of duty to Iraq in 2008.  In 2010, Specialist Argrave was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan at Forward Operating Base Wilson.  On May 30, 2010 his team was relieving guard when they were attacked by a Rocket Propelled Grenade. 

 

Jeffrey was hit in the neck, with shrapnel passing through right below his left ear, and breaking a C-5 vertebra.  He was dragged to the medic and medivaced to Kandahar Field Hospital, then to Landstuhl, Germany and to Walter Reed Army Hospital, arriving in the states on June 4, 2010.  Although Jeff was completely paralyzed from the shoulders down, the RPG did not sever his spinal cord.  Therefore, he is a tetraplegic (or “incomplete” quadriplegic) and has recovered mobility and feeling.  His initial prognosis was that he would never walk again and unlikely to recover much at all.  Jeff can now walk good distances and has moderate use of his limbs, hands and feet with restoration of all body systems.  He has difficulty standing for long periods and has weakness in his upper abdomen.  He has nerve pain especially in the mornings and attends rehabilitation three days a week.  Jeff has a consistently positive attitude and continues to set new goals for walking, standing and running.  He looks forward to living independently and moving to his own home in 2012.

For his service to our country, Jeff is the recipient of the Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal, and Combat Infantrymen Badge.  Thank you for your service to our country Jeff.