Bullock continues recovery; American Legion plans Fish Fry
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Jared Bullock and his son, Aidan.
Jared Bullock and his son, Aidan.
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Metropolis native Jared Bullock was severely injured in Afghanistan on Nov. 13, 2013, and since that time his family, friends and the community have offered their support of the fallen soldier.

Bullock’s brother, Chad Bullock, was asked by the American Legion to tell his brother’s story at its Jan. 21 meeting as the organization expressed interest in helping Jared Bullock, his wife Jesica and their 4-year-old son, Aidan.

The American Legion will hold a Fish Fry Saturday, May 17 at the Metropolis American Legion from 5-8 p.m. Individuals may dine in or carry out, and the cost for the meal is $10, which includes fish, hushpuppies, fries, beans, cole slaw, a dessert and drink.

Bullock, a 2002 graduate of Massac County High School, is a member of the 3rd Battalion 7th Special Forces Group. While on patrol with his team, they encountered an IED and Bullock suffered the loss of an arm and a leg.

“He is a fighter,” Chad Bullock told members of the American Legion in January. “His spirits are good,” he continued. Bullock said because of his own health, he was unable to enter the military, but he told the group he is a proud big brother of Jared and his twin, Kyle, who is also in the military.

An account has been set up at City National Bank to benefit the Jared Bullock family. They have also been selling T-shirts and bracelets. There have been benefits in his brother’s honor at El Tequila and at Super City CrossFit.

According to Bullock, they have sent out envelopes of bracelets to 10 different states. “I think that’s pretty awesome,” he said.

Chad said his brother, his wife and son are currently in San Antonio, Texas, where Jared is undergoing rehabilitation. He said Jared’s wife has quit her job for 18 months in order to help her husband. He told the Legion members as a big brother, right now during this time, he wants his brother, “not to have to worry about anything.”

Currently, he said his brother needs support more than anything.

Jared and Jesica were married in 2006. They have lived for three years in Florida. On Jan. 19, Jared, his wife and their son had their first night out as a family. It was an important moment for them, as it was their first chance to be out and see how they will function as a family unit.

Bullock has started a Facebook page, “Prayers for Jared Bullock, Our Hometown Hero,” where events can be posted. He said it’s also a way for the members of the public to keep up with Jared’s progress.

After graduating high school, Jared Bullock joined the U.S. Army in December 2003 and Special Forces in 2010. His accommodations include the Purple Heart, 2 AAM, 4 ARCOMS, CIB, AIRBORNE WINGS and Special Forces Tab.

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