America lost a REAL hero the other day, army vetern Sgt. Stephen Jackel died at his own hands after suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.
Jackal joined the military in 2008 and during his service he was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan where he received numerous awards including the Purple Heart, and on top of all that, his unit was presented with a Valorous Unit Award.
After Jackal lost both of his legs in on August 23, 2011, when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded underneath his RG31 vehicle, he returned home and made it his life’s mission to help veterans who suffer from PTSD. Jackal first gained national attention back in 2014, when he and his daughter went to Six Flags and was publically humiliated by a park employee.
Fox News Insider reported the horrible incident after it occurred.
An American hero who lost both legs in Afghanistan in 2011 was turned away from a ride at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
Sgt. Stephen Jackel, a Purple Heart recipient, went to Six Flags with his daughter, Maya. He said he fully disclosed that he had two prosthetic legs and is a veteran.
Jackel asked about a military discount but was told he would have to go to the military base for that, which Jackel said he understood. An employee then offered him a buddy pass.
The wounded veteran said on “Fox and Friends” this morning that nobody told him there would be rides that he wouldn’t be allowed to ride. Instead, he found out when he got on the “Boomerang” rollercoaster.
Jackel said an attendant told him, “Without one fully functioning leg, you are not gonna be able to ride this ride.” He was then sent to hospitality, where he said he asked for a full refund and was offered comp tickets instead.
Jackel was brought to tears over the ordeal. Maya said it was frustrating and sad to see her dad treated that way.
“We truly appreciate Sgt. Jackel’s service to our country,” Six Flags Fiesta Texas said in a statement. “We were disappointed to learn our accessibility policy was not properly communicated and we hope he and his family will accept our refund and invitation to visit the park again.”
Though he appreciates that Six Flags reached out, Jackel said, “I [and] my family will never go to Six Flags again.”
After that occurrence Jackel went on to do great things for those in the veteran community by helping raise awareness of mental illness. Jackel traveled the country speaking to veterans and giving hope to those who lost all faith and being a good friend to those who felt alone.
Jackel leaves behind a wife and six children who are trying to comprehend the loss of this great man who sacrificed so much for his country.
Hopefully, his family will be able to draw comfort knowing that he touched so many lives being the warrior on the battlefield and off. If you feel so inclined, consider donating to the GoFundMe account that was set up in his honor to help his family make ends meet while they make sense of this tragedy.