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CATHERINE LANE Coming Home loved one. Recognizing the systematic impact of deployment, many erans become homeless. Ample studies of previous era veterans show a programs include assistance to entire families. clear link between underlying and untreated mental and cognitive What happens if veterans do not get the help they need for service- injuries and incarceration. "A 2006 study by the VA [Veterans related mental and cognitive health issues? Some have a hard time sus- Administration] found that 56,500 Vietnam vets have been incar- taining work; the unemployment rate for veterans of recent wars is cerated — that's 2,000 fewer than the 58,000 soldiers who died in higher than that in the general population. Not surprisingly, many vet- that war—and another 18,500 from the Persian Gulf War," Lambert Mission Accomplished ship opportunities in the private sector, while Lisa, who has taken a hiatus from teaching elementary school to be a full-time partner in Jake's recovery, is busy planning their wedding, which will take place in May at West Point. "At some Captain Jake Everett Murphy and his fiancé, Lisa Morgan, will be the first to tell you that recovery from combat-related injuries is possible. They are living it. A Wellesley native and former Captain of the Wellesley High School football point it all just became life again," Lisa explains. What is the secret to Jake's successful recovery? In addition to access to quality care, Lisa says it's all about character and support. " Jake is smart, driv- and lacrosse teams, Jake joined the US Army after attending West Point. In July en, and motivated," Lisa explains. "Who he was before the injury has been the 2011, four months after he arrived in Afghanistan, Jake sustained significant most important factor in his recovery." injuries after an explosive device detonated while he was on patrol with his unit. Strong support systems have also proved essential. Organizations like the We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 The blast resulted in a severe traumatic brain injury and the eventual amputation Wounded Warrior Project, which showed up two days after Jake's injury with a of both of his legs, injuries for which he has spent the better part of the last two survival kit and have consistently offered education, activities, and community, years in rigorous rehabilitation and recovery at Walter Reed Hospital. and the Fisher House, which provided free housing for Jake and his family for Today Jake and Lisa are busy living their "new normal." Jake considers him- several months, have been critical. And then there are myriad family and self to be physically recovered. He has regained his strength and is adept at Jake and Lisa and the Murphy family. "It has not always been easy to be in Warrior Project in cities across the country and running in the Army's Ten-Miler touch right away to say thank you," Lisa says, "but we want everyone to know races. As he prepares to re-enter civilian life, Jake is taking advantage of intern- 92 friends, many of whom reside in Wellesley, who have continually rallied around using his prosthetics, participating in Soldier Rides organized by the Wounded what a difference their support has made to us."

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