Sergeant First Class (Retired) Jonathan Meadows
SFC Jonathan Meadows was a Master Truck Driver and a member of the Connecticut Army National Guard for 14 years. He joined after Sept 11th, 2001 to "do his part" for his country. He also wanted to be a positive role model for his children, all while maintaining full time employment with General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Jon was deployed 3 times during his military service. His second deployment was in support of Operation Warrior Training (OWT) in New Jersey, training and preparing service members for the deadly roads of Iraq. Jon's first and third deployments were combat-related in Iraq and Afghanistan respectively. While in the Middle East he served in a multitude of positions including convoy security and route reconnaissance. In Iraq Jon sustained his initial injuries but, like so many others, he soldiered on. These injuries in Iraq were contributors to the severity and finality of his Afghanistan injuries, resulting in complicated, compound Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) dysfunction, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and, ultimately, his permanently disabled status. SFC Meadows is very proud of his service to our country - both stateside and overseas. He medically retired from the Armed Forces with a heavy heart in August 2015.
Although Jon is now disabled and has essentially "lost" his "old" life, he has discovered a fantastic new one in the art world! With zero professional training, severe cognitive and visual impairment, and having never sculpted or painted, Jon literally began sculpting fantastic detailed works of art overnight after his most recent TBI. He has since gone on to produce equally profound and detailed paintings. While Jon does not see his artwork as anything special, the public reception of his body of works, has been overwhelmingly positive, with many moved to tears.
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