Staff Sergeant Jim Stanek began his military career in February 2003 after assisting with the 9/11 recovery and clean-up efforts as a volunteer fire fighter and iron worker. He first deployed with the 82nd Airborne Division and a second time with F CO 51st LRSC.
He deployed with the Big Red One in 2008, but returned home early after sustaining injuries. While receiving treatment at Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, the U.S. Army began the process of medically retiring Staff Sergeant Stanek for his multitude of physical injuries, chronic severe post-traumatic stress and a traumatic brain injury. After 6 1/2 years in the Army and three deployments, Staff Sergeant Stanek found his military career at a close much earlier than he had hoped.
Staff Sergeant Stanek recently moved to Boerne, Texas.