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 with exceptional care.



The Department of Defense and Veteran's Brain Injury Center has estimated 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, the parents will not be capable of caring for these 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 24 bedroom facility that will be homelike in design and visually beautiful. To make this possible, the residence will be built in the country on 40 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)


News And Events

News and Events

A Family on a Mission: Care center for Wounded Warriors could come to Omaha

OMAHA, NE - WOWT 6 - A family is making it their mission to help build a home for the brave in their neighborhood. The home would help wounded warriors,

Omaha nonprofit works to create care facility for veterans with brain injuries

OMAHA, NE. - FOX 42 KPTM - A new hospital dedicated to helping veterans is setting down roots in Omaha. The Dunham House will work exclusively with veterans who have

Proposed assisted-living center for wounded veterans has a site northwest of Omaha

A nonprofit group founded by a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel has obtained a site and is marching toward city zoning approvals for a proposed assisted-living center for wounded veterans

Colonel Folsom discusses the mission of the Dunham House and Zoning Issues with KMTV’s Alex McLoon

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A Nebraska veteran support group which offers care-giving services to wounded veterans wants to build a facility in Omaha. The organization says the building near Bennington

Deb & Dan Dunham with Colonel Folsom & David Webb discuss the Dunham House.

Deb & Dan share with us their son's life and who he was. The Dunham House is named in honor of Jason Dunham. The mission and goals are discussed also.

Dunham House Site Plan Concept Image

HDR has release initial site plans for the Duhnam House.  The ideas on access, layout, structures are starting to take form.  Click below to see the high-resolution images.   [gallery size="large" columns="2"

Colonel Folsom discusses the mission of the Dunham House with KETV’s Chinh Doan

An Omaha group is raising money to help heroes coming home with severe injuries. The non-profit has started fundraising with the goal of building a $10 million long-term care center

Dan & Deb Dunham at Marine Corps League convention in Buffalo, NY

Dan & Deb Dunham at Marine Corps League convention in Buffalo, NY for the presentation of their son's portrait.

HDR to Help Identify Site/Plan Space for Wounded Combat Vets’ Residence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HDR to Help Identify Site/Plan Space for Wounded Combat Vets’ Residence Wounded Warriors Family Support, an Omaha-based national nonprofit, has retained HDR to help identify the space

Omaha-Based Nonprofit hopes to build residence for combat wounded vets

Omaha-based nonprofit hopes to build residence for combat-wounded vets By Julie Anderson  - World-Herald staff writer - Jan 8, 2018 Colonel John D. Folsom, USMCR (Ret.)

Donations over $175.00 will receive a limited edition print by Michael Hagel.

“No Greater Love, Semper Fidelis”

“I love it! I love the Medal of Honor over his left shoulder, the flag behind the clouds, battalion patches and the Marine Corps Memorial under Jason. Mike even got his left ear which never stood up correctly but was such an integral part of him and his personality.

I think Jason would like this one… Thank you.”

Deb and Dan Dunham

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Legacy Memorial Bricks

You can also help us build the Dunham House one brick at a time.  Each brick will be engraved with your inscription honoring a soldier, veteran, or other loved one.

Donate a Legacy Memorial Brick

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 www.wwfs.org.

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

 

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Please make payable to Wounded Warriors Family Support

Wounded Warriors Family Support
11218 John Galt Boulevard, Suite 103
Omaha, NE 68137