Jacob Lerner U.S. Army (Ret.), 24, joined the army in September 2006 where he was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, and assigned to the 3rd BDE 1st INF as a combat engineer. In June of 2008, his unit deployed to Afghanistan. Hours after surviving an IED attack on his vehicle during a presence patrol, SPC Lerner stepped on an antipersonnel landmine, severing his left foot and causing and traumatic injury to his right arm. After two years of recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, SPC Lerner retired from the Army.
During his stay at Walter Reed, SPC Lerner met fellow wounded warriors Kenny Butler and Dillion Behr, who introduced him to the sport of mountain biking. Lerner now attends Florida State College at Jacksonville and is currently a Wounded Warrior Project TRACK student. Jacob Lerner has chosen to stay in Jacksonville until the completion of his AA and tries to mountain bike every weekend in local areas.