Military Families Donate Mortgage-Free Homes Through Operation Finaly Homes – KESQ

Mike Kulkov

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Menomonie Falls, Wisconsin (WDJT) — The Frewerd family thought they were on a tour of the Tri-County YMCA, but instead, Operation Finaly Home announced on Saturday that a U.S. Army specialist with a mortgage-free home in Menomonee Falls. It surprised the house Jesse Frewerd, his wife Katie, and young child Dean. The house will be built by Bellman Homes.

Morning anchor Mike Curkov moderated the event with local community leaders as the group welcomed the Frewerd family. The vehicle was hit with an IED. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and his PTSD as a result of his service, both of which still affect him today.

The Freward family will live in the 7th Operation Finaly Home in Wisconsin.

U.S. Army Specialist Jesse Frewerd of Milwaukee, Wisconsin enlisted in the U.S. Army before graduating from high school. He was just 19 years old, and inflamed with his desire to serve his country after the events of 9/11, Frewerd began his military career as a cavalry scout. In 2003, Frewerd and his unit were sent to Iraq, where he served on active duty for over a year.

During a routine mounted patrol during deployment, Frewerd and a member of his unit were injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated beneath the vehicle. The blast lifted the vehicle, shattered the windshield, and splattered the tires. No one died from the IED, but Frewerd, who was operating the gun, hit his head, suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and punctured his eardrum. A shaken and wounded, Hrevert and his team were able to apprehend the two suspects before they left the area.

Frewerd participated in numerous raids during deployment and helped recover weapons and other contraband. He also made more than 200 escorts as an Assistant Quartermaster Sergeant in the Operations Group. During this time, Frewerd identified several IEDs before they exploded, and he, Iraq’s interim government, secured the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA).

As a result of his service, Frewerd suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He also lives with the effects of traumatic brain injuries, including migraines, and pain and discomfort from spinal and back injuries. He was honorably discharged in 2005.

Frewerd has received numerous awards in recognition of his achievements. These include two Army Commendation Medals, an Iraqi His Campaign Medal, a Defense Service Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and an Army Service Ribbon.

Frewerd and his wife Katie recently welcomed their first child, a son. Frewerd is also the father of a teenage daughter. Frewerd and Katie are currently pursuing their master’s degrees. Frewerd has his MBA and Katie has a master’s degree in Administrative Leadership. Frewerd currently works as a veterans counselor for the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, helping his fellow veterans obtain disability coverage.

As part of his own personal healing, Frewerd continues to volunteer with several veteran organizations such as Team RWB and Guitars for Vets. As a singer and writer of his songs, Frewerd also finds hope and healing in music. Katie, who is also a musician like him, often writes and performs songs together.

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