When Staff Sergeant Jonathan Meadows (Ret.) first enlisted in the United States Army, he thought he would eventually retire and begin his second career as a therapist or social worker to benefit his fellow service members. However, in 2012, while serving in Afghanistan, a nearby IED explosion impacted Meadows’ vehicle and he consequently suffered a serious traumatic brain injury (TBI). Jonathan’s recovery was long, arduous, and always challenging. However, it was through one of his treatments, art therapy, that he was able to find a passion to keep him going through intense and long medical appointments. He has excelled in sculpting and some of his military themed sculptures have been displayed in high profile venues, such as the Pentagon in Arlington, VA. In keeping with his previous goal of aiding fellow veterans, Meadows now helps promote art therapy, adaptive sports, and their respective healing benefits for other seriously wounded veterans.
Since his retirement in 2015, Meadows continues to attend therapy and receive treatments at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He enjoys the extra time he now has to spend with his loving wife, Melissa, their four children, Ben, Lizbeth, Jonathan II, and Tim, and their two grandchildren, Oliver and Jonathan III.
Luke’s Wings has had the privilege of helping this special family on several occasions. Recently, we were able to fly Jonathan and Melissa to attend their son’s bootcamp graduation, which, according to them, they wouldn’t have been able to attend without Luke’s Wings. We are so thankful to call the Meadows our friends and to have helped this family reunite for such special moments.