Like many other military wives who have been trained to expect the unexpected, Ashlee thought she was prepared. Then the phone call came that every military spouse dreads…Her husband, Jack (J.D.) had stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) while on patrol in Afghanistan and lost both of his legs and one arm. Their lives were turned upside down in an instant. She and her daughter rushed from Kentucky to Texas to be by his side. The shock of going from a combat zone, to a hospital bed, not being able to move, can be very grueling for a soldier. They suffered through two years of therapy with no end in sight, raising their daughter in a small hotel room. They finally returned home and faced new challenges. Ashlee tried to find balance between being a caregiver, wife and mother. She quickly became a victim of “caregiver burnout.” On the brink of an emotional and physical disaster she realized she had to find a way to take care of herself and her family. This brought her to the Coalition’s Heroes Thanking Heroes (HTH). This unique work-at-home program allowed her to provide care to J.D. and earn a much needed pay check. 

A veteran in the radio industry, Mark Wallengren has been at KOST 103.5 for over 25
years. His career highlights include being named Radio & Records Personality of the
Year, Billboard Magazine Personality of the Year, receiving a star on the Hollywood
Walk Of Fame