Jerry and Joan Majetich
Jerry and Joan Majetich Jerry was on his second tour to Iraq with the 304th Psychological Operations Company, and was in the 27th vehicle in a convoy of 69 when his vehicle hit an improvised explosion device (IED). With two soldiers killed, Jerry was the most severely wounded even dying before doctors brought him back to life a few seconds later. He sustained 50% total body surface area burns, and 100% burns to his face and scalp. One-third of his intestines were removed and he lost all fingers on his right hand. He was also shot behind the right leg. He spent two years in and out of Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio where he underwent 41 surgeries. CSAH helped his wife, Joan, and their family move from California to Texas to be near him during his long recovery. His family also attended the Third Annual Road to Recovery Conference in Orlando in 2006. Jerry and Joan feel that without the help of CSAH, it would not have been possible for them to be together throughout his two-year recovery, and so they decided to become CSAH National Spokespersons. With their message of hope, strength and resilience, they are able to inspire the many other families who are struggling just as they once did. Jerry and Joan have three children, ages 12, 15 and 18 and currently reside in Indiana.