"Bringing veterans home, one warrior at a time"
Operation All The Way Home
The mission to bring SPC Jerral Hancock all the way home was featured in the magainize, California Educator. (December 2014 / January 2015 issue) To read the full article, please click on the link below:
On May 29, 2007, while driving his tank on a mission in Iraq on his 21st birthday, US Army SPC Jerral Hancock suffered catastrophic injuries when his tank was hit by an EFP. Burned over 30% of his body, paralyzed from the chest down, his left arm amputated, his right arm left minimally functional, and diagnosed with TBI and PTSD, Jerral began a new battle, wrought with pain and full of new obstacles and challenges.
Fast forward six years to the day, May 29, 2013, when Jerral visited a U.S. History classroom at Lancaster High School to share his combat experiences. Upon discovering that Jerral was a single father living in a crowded mobile home with his young son and daughter, the students created OATH, and began the grassroots effort to provide Jerral and his family with a special handicapped accessible home to meet his unique health and mobility needs.
Two years later, on the same date - - May 29, the students' mission was accomplished! SPC Jerral Hancock's birthday, alive day, and the date he first visited the students of Lancaster High School is now also the day he arrived all the way home.
OATH students begin fundraising.
Property purchased for the future Hancock Home.
John Rogers' Associated Press article was released on Veterans Day.
Architectural plans were submitted to Los Angeles County and the plan-check process began.
Gloria Hillard's NPR story aired on Christmas night. To listen:
OATH pulled the building permits on the future Hancock home.
Inspired by the students' efforts, Gary Sinise visited Jerral Hancock and OATH at Lancaster High School, and contributed $60,000!
May 6, 2014
Official ground-breaking ceremony. Phase 1 of construction begins!
May 10, 2014
Gary Sinise & the Lt.Dan Band came to the Antelope Valley to play a benefit concert to raise funds for Jerral Hancock's new home.
Next phase of construction begins, and continues until completion.
May 29, 2015
SPC Jerral Hancock's birthday, alive day, and the date he first visited the students of Lancaster High School is now also the day he arrived all the way home.
Hailey Branon-Potts' LA Times Article and Al Seib's LA Times photos and video capturing this special day: