Jeffrey Adams has always lived his life with integrity. He was just four credit hours away from earning a degree in mechanical engineering from Louisiana State University when things went in a different direction. Instead of walking across the graduation stage wearing a cap and gown, Jeffrey Adams chose to walk the roadsides of Baghdad, Iraq, wearing body armor and a helmet, looking for improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
He found one. Or rather, one found him. The former combat engineer in the Louisiana Army National Guard remembers, “We didn’t see anything, so I started to turn, and I blinked. Then I found myself sitting on the ground, missing a leg.”
Nearly 30 surgeries later and a world away, Jeffrey did ultimately make his way across the stage, on crutches, to pick up that diploma. Actually, he did more than that; he showed his fortitude and integrity by delivering the commencement address during the engineering graduation ceremony, too.
Since then he’s worked as an engineer with Boeing, before accepting a position as a test engineer for Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.
Outside of work he lives a relaxed, laid back life with his wife Katie and their new baby.
Jeff’s introduction to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) came when he was in the hospital recovering from the loss of his leg and since then his association has only grown stronger. “I want to be able to help WWP as much as I can. It’s the old pay-it-forward mantra,” he continues.
“When people ask if I can help out with a Wounded Warrior Project event, my answer is, ‘Hell, yes.’ It’s the least I can do. Anybody who comes to your aid, you owe them a debt. That’s how I feel about Wounded Warrior Project. Anything they need, I’ll be there for them.”
Jeffrey’s attitude towards helping other wounded service members further defines his own integrity. “Integrity to me is the meaning at the core of the individual…of who they are.”
“As a wounded vet you get called a ‘hero’ a lot. I’ve met heroes and I’ve met people that went above and beyond. That selfless service is at the core of what a hero is, in my opinion.”