ROBERT EASLEY Jr. – Never Quit Challenge Operator
On October 15th, 2012 United States Army Sergeant Robert Easley, Jr. was critically injured while conducting operations in southern Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).
While out on foot patrol, Rob stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and lost both of his legs making him a bilateral above knee amputee.
He also sustained injuries to his right hand including partial amputation of his pointer, middle, and index fingers.
After four long days of travel and multiple operations, Rob returned stateside to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, MD.
Upon his arrival, his wife Megan joined him and together they are enduring this incredible journey down Rob's road to recovery.
This site has been created for family, friends, and supporters around the world that have been moved by Rob's story and would like to help.
Through this site, we can show Rob, a true American hero that we appreciate his service and sacrifice to this wonderful country we call home.
A Brief Look into Rob's Military Experience
SGT Easley completed Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Benning, GA. Upon completion of his training, Rob was assigned to 1-87 10th Mountain Infantry BN, based out of Fort Drum, NY.
In September 2007, he deployed with this unit to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). During this 14 month deployment, his mission was to combat terrorism and assist locals by distributing humanitarian aid.
Starting in July 2009, SGT Easley began his transition from an infantry soldier to an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician. He attended the Naval School of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD) out of Eglin AFB in Fort Walton Beach, FL. Rob completed his courses and graduated in June 2010.
Upon completion of his training, SGT Easley was assigned to 787th EOD, 3rd Explosive Ordnance BN out of Joint Base Lewis McCord in Tacoma, WA. In January 2012, he deployed with this unit to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).
His mission was to support the 1-23 infantry in disrupting and defeating the Taliban in southern Afghanistan.
On October 15th 2012, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, he received injuries sustained from an IED blast. Rob was immediately transported to Kandahar Air Field.
He was then flown to Bagram, Afghanistan, then later to Landshtul, Germany, and finally on 19 October 2012 he arrived at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
We have had many requests for SGT Easley's mailing address at Walter Reed. If you feel so obliged, please send your letters and care packages to:
SGT Rob Easley
WRNMMCB/ Postal Ops
8901 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20889-5600
He loves receiving support mail from individuals, schools, troops, scouts, churches, and organizations. Anyone and everyone is welcome to drop an encouraging note in the mail to Rob.
The outpouring support for Rob has been unbelievable and greatly appreciated. Many people have asked what they can do. For the months and years to come Rob, Megan and their families will incur significant additional expenses beyond the medical costs.
Rob's medical care is covered by insurance and Army assistance. The additional expenses include; time away from work, travel & transportation expenses for family members, adaptive equipment, accommodating comforts for Rob, and much more.
To ensure that Rob and his family can fully engage in his recovery, a fund has been established at Sovereign Bank in Chambersburg, PA to accept monetary donations. 100% of all funds contributed will go directly to Rob and his family. If you are interested in providing assistance, you may send a check via mail to:
ATTN:Robert Easley Jr. Fund
1720 Lincoln Way East
Chambersburg, PA 17202
If you prefer, the link below will take you to a PayPal account that will direct your donation to the Sovereign Bank account.
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