Wow. I'm bursting to tell you about February's Hero of the Month!
Everyone, Meet Specialist Ashley Jones!SPC Ashley Jones was raised in the small town of Cleveland, Oklahoma where only 3,200 people reside (CAN WE GET HER SOME LOVE, OKLAHOMA?!). Jones was 17 years old when she chose to join the Oklahoma Army National Guard in order to help aid with her college costs. After her first semester at Tulsa Community College, the call came for Jones to prepare for deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Jones is assigned to Company C, 700 Brigade Support Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (or IBCT), as a combat medic. She often traveled on convoys to provide medical support. She recently was involved in a firefight and earned the Combat Medic Badge for being engaged by the enemy and continuing to treat a fellow Soldier.
Shortly after, on December 18, 2011, Jones' convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED). She broke her back and pelvis in the attack, and doctors were forced to amputate her right foot above the ankle. This made her the first amputee in the 45th IBCT.
Below, is a picture of Ashley receiving her Purple Heart
Ashley is loved by everyone in the 45th and was nominated for HERO OF THE MONTH by a fellow soldier. Below, she is laughing with some of her friends from the 45th.
Ashley has a vivacious sense of humor and is always laughing. We'd like to thank Ashley for her service and sacrifice to our country by overwhelming her with thank you letters from around the world.
As always, if you're a friend or family member of Ashley's, please help us ensure that this encouragement package comes as a SURPRISE! That's right, you have to keep a secret! =)
Well, you guys know the drill! Please send your letters to
We are now taking letters until February 29th at 10pm, but don't delay! The sooner we have the letters, the better!
If you'd like to help with the cost of our Hero of the Month Program (includes printing, shipping, and the goodies inside each package) Please follow the link below. Thank you!