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Army Staff Sergeant Jay Piper

Army Staff Sergeant Jay Piper always dreamed of joining the military to follow in the footsteps of his father, who served in the Air Force for 20 years. But it wasn’t until he married his wife and had two children when he decided to enlist.

Staff Sergeant Piper broke both his heels and severely injured his shoulders and knees when he landed on a concrete runway while performing a jump in October of 2013. Years later, he suffers from severe arthritis in both ankles, as well as severe plantar fasciitis. The resulting injuries have brought about major depression and chronic pain.

He also struggles with sleep apnea, memory loss, nerve damage in his neck, degeneration of his spine and many other ailments. For his service to his country, Staff Sergeant Piper has been awarded the Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star, Army Commendation Medal (4x), Army Achievement Medal (5x), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (6x), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

Staff Sergeant Piper, his wife Sherri and their three children received a mortgage-free home in Diamondhead, Mississippi in April of 2017.