Bullock, a member of the 3rd Battalion 7th Special Forces Group, along with members of his team were patrolling on an ATV when they hit an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). As a result of the explosion, Bullock lost an arm and a leg.
“Today, everything is good,” said Jared Bullock, who says he still faces a lot of challenges, but that’s OK, because, “I’m all about challenges,” he said.
Bullock said, during a visit to Metropolis on June 12, after the explosion he was in and out of consciousness. He said one of his fellow soldiers received severe head trauma and his other friend and soldier died.
He remembers waking up in San Antonio, Texas on Nov. 20th. After that, he said he remembered everything up to the point when the explosion happened.
Bullock was in the Green Berets. Before graduating Massac County High School in 2002, he looked at all of his options. His twin brother, Kyle, was also joining the Army and for Bullock, he said, “there was more that I wanted to do,” which led to his decision to later join the Special Forces.
Since his time in Texas, Bullock has gone through intensive therapy and has been fitted for a prosthetic arm and leg and is trying to return his life to some sort of normalcy. “I still have my down days,” he says, estimating they happens about 5 percent of the time.
“Anything is possible,” said Bullock, who says every day he wakes up and realizes he has thousands of people who are supporting him. They are doing that by keeping up with Bullock’s progress on his Facebook page: Prayers for Jared Bullock “Our Hometown HERO,” which has 3113 followers. He said since his accident, he has had a tremendous support network. “The feedback is amazing,” he says.
Bullock and his wife, Jessica, and their son, Aidan, are staying in Texas, but eventually will return to their home in Florida, where they were living while in the service. But for right now, he says there is no specific timeline on his therapy.
Even before the Bullocks came back to Metropolis for a visit in June, the community had rallied in support for Bullock. His brother, Chad Bullock, told members of the American Legion earlier this year an account has been established at City National Bank to benefit Jared and his family.
There have been many benefits held at various Metropolis businesses, and T-shirts and bracelets were being sold to help raise funds.
Most recently, the American Legion, Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary hosted a fish fry on May 17 for Bullock. The fish fry raised $3000. Members of the American Legion presented Bullock and his wife with a check on June 12 at the legion hall.
During his visit to Metropolis, Bullock participated in the Superman Road Race and Fun Walk, which he and hundreds of firefighters from southern Illinois led. Metropolis Firefighter Bobby Williams saw a flyer at Energy Fitness about the fun walk and decided to invite other firefighters to join in the Walk for Jared.
Anyone participating in the walk to honor Bullock who noted on their registration form they were a firefighter, had $5 of that registration fee donated to the Metropolis Fire Department for the Associated Firefighters of Illinois (AFFI) Warrior Program. Foster said that she ended up donating $340 to the fire department from the walk.
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