Infantryman Army SPC Tyler Jeffries
2-1 Attack Company and stationed out of Ft. Lewis, Washington.
On October 6th, 2012 while on a dismounted foot patrol in Afghanistan, Tyler walked onto a command wire IED which was detonated by an Afghan Militant causing him to lose his right leg below the knee and his left above the knee. Tyler suffered a severe burn to his left arm and a ruptured left ear drum along with multiple other injuries from the blast.
Tyler spent 18 months at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD . He had over 40 surgeries and months of physical and occupation therapy. 54 days after sustaining his injuries he was up and walking on his new prosthetic legs. Tyler was awarded a Purple Heart for his wounds along with an Army Commendation medal and a Combat Infantry Badge.
Very early on of his recovery Tyler had a visit from several Red Cross Service Dogs who would visit Walter Reed weekly, they brought out something in Tyler and he knew that he wanted a service dog. Then in January of 2013 a European Red Doberman named “Apollo” changed Tyler’s life forever. An instant bond and lifelong commitment was formed the first time they met. Apollo know helps Tyler with day to day task and offers him mobility assistance. The two are quite the pair and are just an extension of each other.
Tyler has been determined from the moment he was born to make the best of the life he has been given. He lives with the motto that a great friend once said to him “One Day your life will flash before your eyes, make sure it is worth watching.