MILITARY DREAM WEEK: Caleb Jones
Caleb got into adaptive sports through the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program after his brain injury.
NORFOLK, Va. — Dedication, focus and determination.
These are all qualities that Caleb Jones has developed over his years of service in the Army and Air Force. But after suffering a traumatic brain injury, he relied on these and other traits acquired during his active duty.
Caleb explained how his life suddenly changed and the physical, psychological and emotional challenges he faced.
“I had a head injury. I had to walk around in the old batman, I couldn’t turn my neck for a while. Then I started having other symptoms and other stuff. I had really bad anxiety, which I still deal with today. And I actually developed narcolepsy. A lot of things started happening there, it was hard, but I’m working on it,” he said.
The injury prevented him from pursuing his dream of serving in the Air Force Honor Guard and even strained his personal relationships outside of the military.
But Caleb found hope, purpose and motivation through athletic competition.
“The doctors I’ve seen, most of them, tell me that playing sports really helps with the mental health part of everything. It keeps me competitive and you know…staying in flight. So it’s is pretty cool,” Jones said.
Caleb got into adaptive sports through the Air Force Wounded Warrior program.
Through hard work and perseverance, Caleb not only competed, but also achieved great success in many different events. So much so that he was named the Ultimate Air Force Champion in the Wounded Warrior games.
In addition to undergoing intensive training and taking on a new job, he is preparing finances for a house.
So, for Military Dream Week, 13News Now worked with the USO to help ease Caleb’s load.
We gave him $800 in gift cards to say “thank you for serving our country”.
When Thompson Creek Window Company heard of Caleb’s story, they were also inspired by his journey. So they gave her another $500 gift card.
“We know you will put it to good use in pursuing your dreams. We have your full backing, we are proud of you, and we want to thank you for your service not only to our country, but to our community, and all that you’re doing. said Titus Turner, a representative of Thompson Creek Window Company.
13News Now and the USO got one more surprise to help this Ultimate Warrior ‘stay in the fight’ with his training…for his cardio workout on bad weather days, Caleb also got his own workout bike indoors !
We can’t wait to see how he does in his next competitions!