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Meet Jake Murphy

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Jake Murphy grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Following high school Jake was recruited to play lacrosse for Army at the United States Military Academy at West Point. While there he received a general engineering degree with a secondary major in Spanish. Following graduation in May of 2009, Jake was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the infantry branch of the Army, sending him to Fort Benning, GA where he completed the Infantry Officers Basic Course, Airborne School, and Ranger School. Following his stint in Georgia, Jake was assigned to the 10th
Mountain Division in Fort Drum, NY where he met his wife, Lisa Morgan. While at Fort Drum, Jake was assigned a platoon of 40 soldiers who he oversaw and deployed to Afghanistan with. Four months into the deployment Jake was injured from a blast from an Improvised Explosive Device.

As a result of the blast, Jake lost both of his legs and went into a coma for a month. He had to learn how to use his prosthetics as the explosion caused him to become a bilateral amputee dealing with amputations with one being above and the other below his knee. Additionally, Jake has dealt with the aftermath of his coma which caused him to be diagnosed with a traumatic, severe brain injury.

Jake, Lisa and their two children Nolan and Lila currently moved from their home in Flower Mound, Texas to a custom built "smart" home in Copper Canyon, TX.  Since his medical retirement from the Army, Jake has moved into the Corporate world having worked for Verizon Communications doing supply chain work while concurrently receiving his Master's in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas. Following his time with the Telecommunications company, he transitioned to Lockheed Martin where he works today.