Afflicted War Heroes was founded by Jason Butterfield, an intelligence analyst with the 151st Operations Group Intelligence Utah Air National Guard. Jason was injured in Afghanistan February 10, 2009 when the MRAP he was riding in rolled. Sergeant Butterfield was riding in the turret during the accident. He sustained a concussion and the turret crushed his left wrist and hand, breaking it into four compound fractures. This in turn, severed every tendon in his wrist. Sergeant Butterfield was promptly medically evacuated back to the U.S. where he spent the next three months in recovery at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. At Brooke, Jason had none of the personal comforts that many of us take for granted such as clothing, toiletries, entertainment, etc.
Jason often reflected on his experience and pondered how he could help make a difference for those in the same situation. This was the beginning of Afflicted War Heroes, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization committed to honor and assist military service members who have sustained service-related injuries and/or disabilities.
As supporters in Jason’s vision, our mission is to raise awareness throughout our society and help provide support and encouragement to our injured troops as they receive treatment for their injuries and transition back into a civilian lifestyle.