BCMC Build Reveals First Recipient, Unveils New Website
Originally published by: BCMC Build — August 10, 2015
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Editor’s Note: This is the story of the first of 2015 BCMC Build’s two recipients. It illustrates the importance and value of this annual charity construction project, which works with local homebuilders and Operation Finally Home to provide a mortgage-free home to deserving individuals who have served and sacrificed much for our country. If you’d like to know more about the 2015 BCMC Build project, check out our new website here: http://www.bcmcbuild.com, and consider donating to this worthwhile endeavor.
Sgt. Gerald "Drew" Wroblewski had a desire to serve his country since he was a young man, as many of the men in his family had done. After spending his college years dedicated to playing football, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as an Infantryman on Easter Sunday in 2005. Wroblewski was sent to basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was assigned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, for his first duty station upon graduation.
Wroblowski served on a deployment to Iraq in September 2005, where his unit operated the southwest corridor of Baghdad, better known as the “Sunni Triangle of Death.” On November 29, 2005, while in the gunner position providing rear security during a combat patrol, the vehicle he was in came around a corner and suddenly was engulfed in flames from a shaped charge explosion. Injured, Wroblowski was medically evacuated from the scene of the incident with intense external bleeding from his ears. He arrived at a temporary hospital tent, where he had superficial shrapnel removed from his face. Eventually, he healed and returned to the mission.
After some time passed following his re-deployment, he began to experience severe migraine episodes that affected his ability to function at the level he needed to continue his military career. While spending most of his time in therapy for nearly one year, he fought to return to his unit. Unfortunately, he was unable to achieve the type of progress required to return to duty. As a result of encountering hundreds of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and countless high stress situations during his time in service, Wroblewski now suffers from post-traumatic migraines and tension, Tinnitus, Cranial Nerve Impingement and more. He medically retired from the Army on November 27, 2008, with a number of accolades, including a Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, and many more.
In May 2013, Wroblewski graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point with a double major in international studies and political science, with an emphasis on the Middle East, and a minor in history with two years of Arabic. He and his wife, now live in Southeastern Wisconsin, where they recently moved to open a new branch for his current employer, a private security contractor.