– Corporal, USMC
Jack Goodroe served in the Marines from ’01 -’05. In his second deployment, Jack was critically wounded by an IED while on a foot patrol in Husayba, Iraq.
Q. Jack, if you could do it all over again, what would you different, if anything at all?
A. “I wouldn’t do anything different. It is God’s plan to put you where he wants you to be and when. When I was critically wounded, in all the ups and downs, surgeries, etc., I would not have met my wife if I hadn’t been wounded. I would have still been deployed. To second guess His plan, just doesn’t make sense.”
Q. Did your transition from the Marine Corps to civilian life go as you expected?
A. “I went into the Marines when I was 26 years old. I had already had an opportunity to be on my own, have responsibilities, a job, and make connections. When I got out I was able to go right back to what I was doing before. I went back to the volunteer fire department I worked for and was able to live at the station. Because of that it was probably a little different than most.”
Q. In what way do you feel connecting with other veterans has helped you along your journey?
A. “It is a great way to help one another. Being able to call up someone and ask questions and give and get advice. No judgement, just being there to listen and help where they need it.”