She was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat team, 4th Infantry Division, Ft Carson, CO.More information will be posted when it becomes available.
Even though I've heard "Wounded Soldier" sung by John Steer and Britt Small many times--Helen Baylor's version brings tears to my eyes whenever I hear it.I first heard this particular version of the song at Freedom Fest when the Maitland Church Youth Group performed it--and it has haunted me ever since.The soldiers were ambushed during a special operations night raid aimed at a high-value Taliban target.The Rangers were arranged along the wall of the targeted compound and preparing to enter when an insurgent detonated a suicide vest. In addition to those killed, 30 more US Rangers were injured on the mission. Hashim Agha, the district governor of Zhari, said the IEDs were detonated first, followed by attacks by multiple suicide bombers in the compound.This was her first deployment, leaving Madigan where she served as a clinical staff nurse on a medical surgical unit in June 2013 and she was attached to the 75th Ranger Regiment.
She had already been awarded the Combat Action Badge, Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and NATO Medal and was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star.
She is survived by her mother, Marie, sisters Jearaldy and Yaritza, and her brother, Ivan who also serves in the US Army.
More information has been released about this incident.
Jennifer went on and graduated from the University of San Francisco where she was commissioned in the US Army as a nurse corps officer.
This was her first deployment and she was attached to the 75th Ranger Regiment.
She had been one of the pioneers in getting the DADT policy overturned.