This is Shawn Lopez

Shawn Lopez, United States Marine
Shawn is the warrior whose jump we had the privilege of sponsoring at Combat Wounded Coalition's Jumping for a Purpose X last weekend.

Jack Hoffend was there to support Shawn for the event. He got to spend some time with him as they prepared for their jump, and this is what he learned:

Shawn joined the Marine Corps in March of 2007. He became a Marine on June 22, 2007. His first deployment was to Iraq from April 2008 - November 2008. After an 11 month turn around, he deployed again in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. That was in October 2009.

On March 14, 2010, Shawn was conducting combat operations in Afghanistan with 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines in Helmand Province. He volunteered to go on a resupply run with the Company Gunnery Sergeant as his driver. The vehicle was struck by an IED, which detonated directly beneath Shawn.

The IED strike caused severe damage to Shawn's back and legs, a grade 3 concussion, and ruptured tendons in both legs and his right shoulder. Shawn now lives with an implanted Spinal Cord Stimulator and has had reconstructive surgery on his right shoulder. He also suffers from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), and struggles with survivor guilt.

Shawn was medically retired in March 2012, and now works as a government contractor for Knight Federal Solutions, Inc. in support of the Military and Family Readiness Center on MacDill AFB in Tampa, FL. He is a Network Communications Technician and helped create the Knight Federal Solutions Service Disabled Veteran Paid Intern Program. Shawn is proud to spread the word about wounded warrior awareness and assists other warriors as they transition into civilian life.


Here's a photo of Shawn and Jack when they first met at Jumping for a Purpose X last weekend:
Shawn Lopez and Jack Hoffend at CWC's Jumping for a Purpose X.


Here's one of them getting ready to jump out of the plane:
Shawn Lopez and Jack Hoffend pre-jump.


And here they are afterwards:
Shawn and Jack after a successful jump!


Thank you, Shawn.