Originally from a cattle farm in rural Iowa, James Sheehan was stationed at Pendleton. He is a combat wounded service connected disabled veteran, having served 3 deployments during 4 years with the USMC.
Sheehan was wounded in May, 2010 when a group of Taliban fighters ambushed his patrol in Marjah, Afghanistan. As he covered the Marine who was the gunner’s initial target and then the radio operator who had tried to save the targeted Marine’s life, James was shot by a 762 machine gun.
For his bravery that day James received a Purple Heart. He continues to suffer residual pain from the sustained injuries, as well as PTSD and a Traumatic Brain Injury sustained during other events and blasts that took place on the front lines of Afghanistan during his 4 months there.
Today, James dreams of building a nationally prominent home inspection business. One of Holidays for Heroes first American Dream Grant recipients, Mr. Sheehan is doing just that!
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