2018 marks the fifth consecutive year YORK® and Building Homes for Heroes® have worked together. Through its sponsorship of the Building Homes for Heroes® program, Johnson Controls, along with YORK® distributors and independent contractors nationwide, has donated quality heating and cooling systems, including installation, labor and ongoing maintenance, to over 40 military families since 2014. In 2016, YORK® participated in 21 welcome home ceremonies.
Rank: Army Private First Class
Home Location: Casa Grande, Arizona
Army Private First Class Jesse Woods joined the military because he felt his EMT background could help bring more soldiers home to their families. He served active duty for nearly four years as a Combat Medic before entering the Army Reserve for an additional five years. He was honorably discharged in 2014. In April of 2007, he lost a close friend during a rocket attack on his convoy. He suffers from severe PTSD, tinnitus and hearing loss.
Private First Class Woods has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Army Achievement Medal (2nd award), Army Good Conduct Medal and many other commendations.
Rank: U.S. Army Staff Sergeant
Home Location: Georgia
Staff Sergeant Makisha Stiles served in the U.S. Army and the Army Reserves for over 13 years before being honorably discharged in 2014. She was ordered to active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. For six years, SSG Stiles served as a human resources specialist. In March of 2011, SSG Stiles was informed she had breast cancer. She underwent chemotherapy, radiation therapy and a double mastectomy. Side effects from this experience include memory loss, depressive disorder and a 90% disability rating.
SSG Stiles has earned numerous commendations, including the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award), among others.
Rank: USMC Sergeant
Home Location: Tucson, Arizona
Honoring family tradition, U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant John Durham joined the military in September of 2001. Sergeant Durham was injured when he was within the blast range of an improvised explosive device (IED), embedding shrapnel under his right eye. The second major injury he experienced happened when he was shot by an Iraqi sniper. Fortunately, the bullet was stopped by a protective plate, but the force of the impact slammed him into a wall and knocked him unconscious.
Sergeant Durham has been awarded two Purple Hearts, two Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals and numerous other recognitions.
Rank: U.S. Army Staff Sergeant
Home Location: Murrieta, California
Army Staff Sergeant Marcos Jimenez joined the military to serve his country and make his family proud. On the morning of March 19, 2011, Jimenez was severely injured when the armored truck he was in struck an improvised explosive device (IED). Dragged out of the wreckage, Jimenez was evacuated by helicopter. He suffered a spinal cord injury, a fractured right tibia, a fractured left arm and facial fractures. He also suffered a traumatic brain injury and PTSD.
Staff Sergeant Jimenez was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medals, Army Good Conduct Medals and many other commendations.
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