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Jarrett Jongema, SFC., U.S. Army
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Sergeant Motivates Himself to ‘Drive On’
WASHINGTON - Army Sgt. 1st Class Jarrett Jongema grew up watching war movies, and later on, documentaries about military life and war, but it wasn’t until he was injured by a suicide car bomber that he gained a deeper and more personal understanding of their perspectives.
SFC Jarrett Jongema U.S. Army

Jongema was wounded Sept. 18, 2004, while providing security in Baghdad. “I always did my job in the military; however, [the movies] didn't necessarily impact me,” he said. “I saw ‘Band of Brothers’ before I was injured. ‘Saving Private Ryan’ moved me, but I can't say that I felt a direct connection with any of the characters. Now, it's … really different. < More


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Name: Ronnie Jongema
This is excellent; it exemplifies what service in the military is and costs that those who serve endure. I am proud to say that this soldier is my son. Ronnie L. Jongema

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