Posted on July 20, 2015
Captain Jason Pak traveled the world as an Army brat. In 2007, he received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduating in May 2011 with a degree in systems engineering. Jason went on to field artillery school and deployed to Afghanistan in October 2012. On December 12, 2012, an IED (improvised explosive device) blast claimed both his legs and two of his fingers.
“America’s Fund, an organization that is part of the Semper Fi Fund, does an amazing job in helping guys like me who are trying to get back to normalcy in life,” Jason says. “They’re probably the most impactful organization. They genuinely care.”
Today, Jason is employed by the Boeing Company as Manager for Army Weapons Systems in Government Operations. He’s also active in sharing his story through inspirational speaking and plans to return to school.
“Everybody goes through difficulties in life,” Jason says. “The only thing is that my injuries are more visible than others. I’m very fortunate for the fact I’m here today. I truly think I’ve become 10 times more mature and more thankful for what I have, and I’m never really upset by things I don’t have. I have absolutely no regrets. I’m happy it happened to me and not to one of my guys.”