This entry is to provide a few more details to let those who want to know, what happened, and how did Jason receive these injuries in the first place. This information comes from the wife of the man who actually saved Jason's life, GSgt Rickabauh. We had the good fortune to meet her a few days back and she offered to provide the information.
They were out on patrol, and cleared a village in the northern part of the Hilmand district. They had finished clearing the village and left, only to learn the next day that the Taleban had come back in and set more I.E.D.'s so the patrol began clearing again. Jason was in full gear and leading the group, when they approached a masque. I was the last area needing to be be cleared again when he stepped on a hidden pressure plate. They don't use nice, well defined materials for their pressure plates, so not only was it hidden, it was not detectable with the metal detector. The explosion hit all the guys, with Jason obviously taking the brunt of the blast. GSgt Rickabauh was right behind Jason and put a tourniquet on him and then he was taken to the closest medical center.
From the center they stabilized him enough to get him to the next level medical center, still in Afghanistan where he was again stabilized and then flown to Germany, where they began treating him further. Fortunately, they were able to get Bridgette, his wife, out to be with him and they road the med-evac flight back to here, Bethesda, where Mom and Dad were waiting, and the treatment continues now.
More udates later today, but right now I'm headed over to be with him...