It's About Country
God Bless You Jeff
Landay Thank You
Aaron Tippin and KNCI
This website just
isn't big enough to do justice to Jeff Landay's Story, or his
family, fellow Marines, KNCI 105.1 FM staff, KXTV-10, ABC's Bob
Woodruff and a so many others. Here is a young Marine, who
may have done more to change the face of VA Wounded Warrior
care, than all of us who do what we can to serve them.
- THEN - Courtesy of KXTV-10 News
On January 6th 2006, Jeff
and the rest of the 3/5 from Pendleton deployed to Iraq.
Jeff was the lead driver of the
command platoon. Lt. Jensen, SgtMjr Kufchek, Cpl "Cheeks"
Ramirez, and LCpl Bowie, were in Jeff's humvee. On May 21st,
they left Camp Fallujah on a routine patrol. They had just
crossed a bridge when they encountered a "routine" IED
(improvised explosive device) with minimal damage and they
continued their patrol.
Because of the earlier IED, Lt
Jensen chose to return to camp on an alternate route. They came
upon some debris in the middle of the road.
They could not go to the right
because of some garbage bags, so Jeff went left. An IED was
triggered and the humvee blew up and then veered off the road,
traveling approximately 50 yards into a field. The rest of the
platoon waited a few minutes when the break lights flashed and
the vehicle turned around and headed back to the road with only
three tires (the driver front tire was blown off). The humvee
came to a halt when it hit some ruts right before the road. The
platoon again waited for some response, but none came.
The passenger side of the vehicle
was untouched so they had no idea how, if at all, bad it was.
LtCol Looney ordered everyone to rush to their aid.
Cheeks Ramirez was the gunner of
the vehicle and was the first to get aid. Corpsman Rodriguez
(Doc Rod) assessed him, but Cheeks was already dead. Doc Rod
then began aid to Lt Jensen when the others started yelling at
him from the other side of the vehicle. They had pulled my son,
Jeff, out and he was not breathing. Doc Rod began CPR. He was
able to revive Jeff, and got him and the remaining injured
safely to the hospital. I was notified the next day and told
Jeff would probably not make it. Jeff was taken to a hospital in
Baghdad, then to Germany.
Jeff was in a coma for nearly a
month. He suffered a traumatic brain injury in which they had to
remove the left side of his skull. Jeff also took shrapnel to
his shoulder, and a wound that force doctors to rebuild his jaw.
On September 28th Dr. Armanda reconstructed Jeff's head. Within
10 days Jeff had made a remarkable improvement. He then
underwent a second surgery.
Jeff's speech continue to
improve, but it is slow progress. He basically needs to learn
how to pronounce words again. It is very humiliating for him.
There have been many, many people
who have offered prayers thought Jeff's ordeal.
- HOME AT
LAST - Courtesy of KNCI, ABC
and the Landay Family
"We would like to throw a welcome
home party for Jeff and invite the community so we can thank
them and share the experience of Jeff receiving his Purple
Heart by LtCol Looney. We will also invite the rest of the
3/5 so we can honor them as well."
Anyone in Northern
California is invited to come to this benefit! Aaron Tippin will
be performing and CPL Landy will be awarded his Purple Heart.
The proceeds will go to Jeff and his family to aid in his
recovery. We thank all our volunteers to chipped in with us.
A WRAP -
No... it's a new and productive
KNCI 105.1 FM New Country - 2006: If there was ever a model for
our Heroes&Home, this New Country radio station is it!.
After Aaron Tippin returned from performing for the troops in
Afghanistan over Thanksgiving, he was asked to lend a helping
hand to a Marine injured in Iraq. Corporal Jeff Landay was
seriously injured and after being in a coma for over a month, he
had to undergo drastic skull and jaw reconstructive surgery. PDN
catches a lot of case work from
Palo Alto Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center.
The Pat and Tom from the KNCI morning show came up with the Idea
to hold a fundraiser for Jeff. They thought that holding a
concert and raffle with all the money going to the family to
cover medical expenses and other costs. Once Pat and Tom got the
ball rolling KNCIís Program Director Mark Evans was able to talk
to Aaron Tippon who agreed to donate his time and perform free
of cost for the cause.
As far as the event itself goes, Matt Vieira and Nate Samelson
with the KNCI promotions department were able to get with Club
Aqua who agreed to donate their location for the effort.. The
station secured prizes from many businessí throughout the area
for a raffle at the event also. Pat and Tom, Dan Cheatham, Greg
Cole and Matt Vieira and Nate Samelson were all out at the event
and helped set up everything and make sure everything went
smooth. The event Raised about $10,000 for the event.
Jeff was also presented with his
Purple Heart by Lt Col Looney at the event.
- RECOVERY and REMINDERS -
A story of continuing courage and