Corporal Jason L. Dunham, USMC MemorialCombat Wounded Veterans Residence

Our Mission

To provide long term care for combat wounded veterans with spinal cord and/or moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries in order for them to enjoy a high quality of life and quality care.

The Department of Defense and Veteran's Brain Injury Center estimate that 22% of all casualties from combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are traumatic brain injuries, compared to only 12% of those combat casualties in Vietnam. 60% to 80% of soldiers who have blast injuries may also have traumatic brain injuries. – U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Many of our combat wounded veterans with spinal cord and/or moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries require daily assistance or are completely dependent on caregivers. Most single wounded veterans are cared for by their aging parents. At some point, their parents will not be capable of caring for their sons or daughters because of their own health or financial issues. Unless another family member steps up, that veteran will more than likely be housed in an assisted living center or nursing home.

Wounded Warriors Family Support will build and operate a first class 20 bedroom facility that will be homelike in design and visually beautiful. To make this possible, the residence will be built in the country on 80 acres to provide a peaceful, pastoral setting, yet close enough to Omaha for medical facilities and other support. Our plan is to have the facility open by Christmas of 2020.

Architect’s Rendering Exterior by HDR Omaha

Architect’s Rendering Interior by HDR Omaha

About Corporal Jason L. Dunham, USMC

  • Posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for actions while serving with 3rd Battalion 7th Marines during the Iraq War.  Medal of Honor Citation
  • Deliberately covered an enemy grenade to save nearby Marines
  • Corporal Dunham was gravely injured and died eight days later
  • Born November 10, 1981
  • Died April 22, 2004

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

John 15:13

The Story is the Reason

“As you know, one of the most horrific wounds is that of traumatic brain injury (TBI). While we have made improvements in armor to shield a soldier from the kinetic effects of shrapnel, not much has been done to protect a soldier from the shockwave. IEDs have grown more destructive in power as our enemy has sought to overpower our armored vehicles with more explosive power.

“A few years ago, Craig Pirtle and I were at a Christmas event at Bethesda Naval Hospital. We visited several rooms. In one of the rooms was a young soldier who had deployed with the 2nd Infantry Division and attached to II Marine Expeditionary Force in al Anbar Province in 2005. 2nd ID’s main focus was Ramadi, which after the pacification of Fallujah, following “Phantom Fury” in October 2004, became the locus of much of the al Qaeda insurgency.

“In a clearing operation, the young soldier entered a house only to have an IED detonate head high. Although he was fortunate not to lose any limbs, he was severely brain damaged.

“When Craig and I met him, his mother and sister were with him. His mother held his hand. Someone in our group had a guitar and we sang to him. Although he could not speak, his eyes registered a joy upon hearing us. I often wonder what will happen to him. Certainly, his parents are young enough to look after him, then what? What happens when they are gone?”

Colonel John D. Folsom, USMCR (Retired)

Contact Colonel Folsom for support, media, or general inquiries.

About Wounded Warriors Family Support

Wounded Warriors Family Support is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations. This organization is run by combat veterans for combat veterans. Rated a four-star nonprofit by Charity Navigator, Wounded Warriors Family Support aids veterans and their families in healing the wounds that medicine cannot. For more information about Wounded Warriors Family Support, visit